October 22, 2014

Lincoln native Chamberlain expects return to Yankees soon

Former Husker Joba Chamberlain broke his ankle in late March in a trampoline accident. Some said he may never return to the Yankees, but he is down at their spring training complex in Tampa, and believes he’ll be back in Yankee pinstripes shortly after the All-Star break.

The 26 year old Chamberlain told Newsday.com that he started throwing off a mound weeks ago and is up to 30-pitch bullpen sessions. Next week, those will be split into two 20-pitch innings. In about two weeks, he will progress to pitcher’s fielding practice, the last step to prepare him for a rehab assignment. “The running has been fine,” said Chamberlain, who tapes only the ankle and does not wear a brace. “We’ve had no soreness. No setbacks.”