New York Yankees SP Joba Chamberlain placed on DL

by Fraser Lovat on August 6, 2008 @ 11:22:22 PDT


ESPNews reports the New York Yankees placed starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Chamberlain has a history of muscle strains, both in the minors and in college, but this is his first notable shoulder injury. The stint on the disabled list will mean he will miss at least three starts.

Overall, Chamberlain is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.26 WHIP; he's 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 12 starts this season.

The Yankees recalled pitcher Chris Britton from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but he will most likely pitch out of the bullpen.

Chamberlain was removed from his start Monday, Aug. 4, in the fifth inning because of a stiff right shoulder. He flew back to New York Tuesday, Aug. 5, to undergo an MRI. After the MRI, with the results unknown, Chamberlain was scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., to get another opinion.

Manager Joe Girardi said his options to replace the 22-year-old would be pitcher Darrell Rasner, whom he could move back into the rotation, or a pitcher from Triple-A, which would most likely be starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (lat). It's now Kennedy who is expected to start Saturday, Aug. 9.

Girardi stated that the Yankees would be careful with Chamberlain, especially because he is so young. Chamberlain owners should hold on to him and place him on your bench or in a DL spot until more is known on the situation.

Kennedy has been pitching in the minors since he suffered a strained lat muscle in late May. In seven combined minor league outings (38 innings), including six starts, since the beginning of July, he has a 2.61 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 30 K's. He should be owned in AL-only formats and is worth keeping an eye on deep mixed leagues.

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About Fraser Lovat

Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.

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