Joba has always been a starter and everything I've ever heard leaned the way of him being in the Yankees '08 rotation...until I read this..
Chamberlain's future may be as Yankees reliever
BY ANTHONY RIEBER
September 25, 2007
Yankees manager Joe Torre said yesterday he is planning to pitch Joba Chamberlain in back-to-back games for the first time this week in preparation for the playoffs.
Torre also voiced the thought that Chamberlain might be a reliever in the future, the first time a member of the Yankees' braintrust has veered from the party line that says Chamberlain will be a starter in 2008.
"Mariano [Rivera] was a starter," Torre said. "He turned into a setup man, then a reliever. Whatever the organization can visualize [Chamberlain] as, there's no question about it, he certainly has given the organization something to chew on with what he has done here so far."
With Rivera a free agent at the end of the season, the Yankees will have to at least entertain the thought of moving on without him, although that seems unfathomable. Chamberlain picked up his first big-league save on Sunday while subbing for Rivera, who had pitched three of the previous four days.
Of course, Torre will be a free agent, too, after the season, so it may not be up to him.
Kennedy likely done
Ian Kennedy's impressive season may be over. Torre said the rookie righthander, who started 2007 in A ball, is still troubled by a back strain and may not pitch again in the regular season. That would probably nix him from a postseason roster spot.
With Mike Mussina's re-emergence as a viable starter, the team will likely use a veteran four-man rotation of Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Mussina in the playoffs, as long as Clemens is healthy enough to pitch.
Clemens is scheduled to start tonight at Tampa Bay, but even Torre sounded like that wasn't going to happen as The Rocket is recovering from a left hamstring strain. Torre said Kei Igawa or Matt DeSalvo would start against the Devil Rays if Clemens has to be pushed back for a third straight day.
"If there's any question, he won't pitch, as far as I'm concerned," Torre said.
Kennedy said he's feeling better and hoped to at least pitch in relief before the regular season ends Sunday.