Adam Schein and Chris Carlin, yesterday on SNY’s Loud Mouths, discuss the question. Here’s the video:
I went back and checked to see what was reported last month.
“I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now.”
To which Cashman replied:
“Joba’s staying in the bullpen right now. That’s where we’re at. [Putting him in the rotation is] not something that’s going to happen here early on, and [Hank] knows that. We’ve talked about it. I don’t know what set him off.”
And, then Hank came back with:
“It’s all of our intention to try to get him back into the rotation by the end of the year. I’ve addressed it many times, as did Joe (Girardi) and (GM Brian) Cashman. I’m just saying it would be nice to have him there right now. He’s going to be great anywhere we have him but, my preference is as a starter and that’s everybody else’s preference, too.”
But, then Hank tacked this on too:
“For someone to suggest that I’m dumb enough to demand that happen [with Chamberlain] now … that really [ticks] me off.”
So, Hank said Joba was needed in the rotation now. Cashman said it’s not going to happen early. Then Hank shared the team plan was to have him there by the end of the year and that he wasn’t demanding for Joba to start now.
Well, Adam Schein has a point. It doesn’t sound like moving Joba now was always the team’s plan, does it?
Kevin Kernan was on SNY’s WheelHouse yesterday and had some more to add on the Hank/Joba topic: