Joba promises to pitch

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Joba Chamberlain insisted late last season that he would pitch for the New York Yankees in 2012, even after Tommy John surgery. During Spring Training he suffered an off the field ankle injury, a major one, an injury that would have kept most people out for the year. Chamberlain still insisted that he would pitch in 2012, after today’s batting practice that promise still stands.

“I knew going into (the rehab process) what was expected, what it was gonna take,” Chamberlain said. “And I believed in myself being able to do it. It’s always nice when you have people doubt you. It gives you a little more reason to work. There was people who said I wasn’t going to pitch this year, or ever again. … But I can promise you I’m going to pitch. I can promise you that. You can write that down, too. Tell everybody. It’s going to happen.” (Chad Jennings – The LoHud Yankees Blog)

I’d say today’s batting price was a pretty good success. Joba threw 40 pitches but most importantly was said to have looked fit and like him old self, even Girardi came away impressed. “I thought he looked really pretty good today,” Joe Girardi said. “I thought his location was good. I thought his breaking ball was good. He threw some changneups even. I was pleased.” (Chad Jennings – The LoHud Yankees Blog)

With all that good news there was something else that I thought made it a success and that’s the lack of pain in his elbow. Joba said he feels good and coule be back by the end of the month if it were up to him.

“I totally forgot I even had elbow surgery to be honest with you,” he said. “I guess you just hurt another body part and everything else goes away. But yeah, my elbow’s been great. We’ve had nothing there and we’ll just continue the maintenance on those two things and keep going.” (Chad Jennings – The LoHud Yankees Blog)

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