Conflicting Reports on Joba

According to Ed Price of The Star-Ledger, anonymous sources within the Yankees’ organization have said that they expect Joba Chamberlain to be out for about a month with what the team has termed “rotator cuff tendinitis.” There is also the possibility that Joba might not pitch the rest of the year if the team decides to be very cautious with his injury.  One of the two anonymous sources, according to Price, have said that the injury is with “the biceps tendon and not the rotator cuff.” Dan Graziano has shown skepticism with the injury, its severity, and the Yankees’ history of how they’ve handled and reported them; it’s worth reading, whether or not you agree.

However, an AP report at ESPN.com quotes Joba as saying that “Everything feels fine now,” and that he expects to “throw the beginning of next week.”  Surely, Joba wants to get back.  It’s also possible that he feels fine and might not be seriously injured.  I just hope that he’s not being the brave, tough athlete, nor that the team is urging him to get back because of the rotation injuries and recent inconsistency.  Don’t rush Joba, and don’t be disingenuous with his injury.  He’s far too valuable.

Either way, I’m not holding my breath.  I hope he’s back when he’s healthy, and not a minute beforehand.  I’ll be patient if necessary.

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Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. The Yankees aren’t winning it this year so I say, Joba? Take the year off, rehab, get stronger and come back next year with a vengeance.


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