Via the Post –
Manager Joe Girardi announced “The Joba Rules, Version 3.0″ yesterday.
After watching Joba Chamberlain’s ineffective start on extra rest this week, the Yankees are moving the fragile right-hander back into the regular five-man rotation.
The innings limit for the season will remain, though, and the Yankees plan to pull Chamberlain after just a few innings in several of his upcoming starts.
“The bottom line is for us to win games and get the best out of players,” Girardi said. “In evaluating what happened, it looked like it was working great. He came out of the break and was lights-out. But we think that a change needed to be made. We were listening to him and talking amongst ourselves.”
The Yankees had been giving Chamberlain extra rest between starts in an effort to keep his workload below a team-imposed innings limit, which Girardi revealed yesterday is 180, including the playoffs.
The Rangers roughed up the 23-year-old on Tuesday, scoring seven runs in four innings. That led Girardi to tweak the plan. Girardi talked with pitching coach Dave Eiland and general manager Brian Cashman after Tuesday’s game, mulled it over and then told Chamberlain of the change before last night’s 5-2, 10-inning victory over the White Sox at the Stadium.
“We’ve always had a plan back and forth,” Chamberlain said. “We tried it. It didn’t work. We’re going to try this, and I think it’s going to be great. It’s something that I’m looking forward to.”
You know, when you’re teaching someone on how to throw a baseball, you often tell them to hold it as if it were an egg. Or, if you really want to get the attention of a teenage-boy who’s holding the ball too tight, you can tell him to hold it like it was a mammary gland.
I’m starting to get that feeling about how the Yankees are treating Joba Chamberlain. They’re attempting to hold him like he was an egg…or, well, the other thing I mentioned. Maybe, instead of calling him “Joba” Chamberlain, we should start referring to him as “Yabos” Chamberlain?