New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he will limit Joba Chamberlain to 55-60 pitches, but Joba will make his first ML start on Tuesday when the Yankees play the Blue Jays.
The plan all along has to been to gradually bring Chamberlain into the starting role, and early in the season Hank Steinbrenner told the media he wanted him starting and questioned GM Brian Cashman why Chamberlain, who throw in the high 90’s wasn’t starting?
Cashman fired back to the media saying Chamberlain would not start, but the team was beginning to start the process of converting Chamberlain to a starter. After working an inning and a third the other in Baltimore, Chamberlain went back to the bullpen and threw some more to build his leg strength up.
At 27-27, the Yankees are 5 ½ games behind first place Tampa Bay and it’s possible Steinbrenner stepped in to expedite the starter role a little quicker.