6/2 – Yankees at Twins
Ladies and gentlemen, Joba has left the building.
Joba Chamberlain departed the Yankees clubhouse shortly after 4 p.m. ET on Monday, flying ahead to New York to get a good night’s sleep before his first Major League start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. The rest of the Yankees, who are hanging around Minnesota for a full nine innings, gave him a pretty hard time about it.
“What a teammate we’ve got,” Robinson Cano said. “Have a safe flight, Justin.”
Dragging his luggage out the door, Chamberlain made a face like he’d just swallowed a lemon. Andy Pettitte gets the call tonight as the Yankees try to move above their familiar .500 mark. New York has split the first six games of this trip to Minnesota and Baltimore.
“I think it’s a game we need to win to have a positive road trip,” Joe Girardi said.
It’s not too difficult to read the tea leaves and know who’ll be called up as a roster move on Tuesday, as Dan Giese was pulled from his start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after one inning — that old drill. You’d have to think that Jeff Karstens would have received the call instead, but alas, Karstens has been placed on the seven-day Minor League DL with a sore groin.