8/28 – Yankees vs. White Sox
It’s difficult to believe that it took until Joe Girardi 12 minutes into his pregame press conference to discuss the story of the day, which of course was that Joba Chamberlain is going to be pitching every fifth day for the rest of the season but will be turning in a few starts of under five innings to keep his season tallies in check.
Chamberlain is already at 130 2/3 innings heading into his scheduled start Sunday vs. Chicago and, left to pitch wildly, Girardi said he’d be up in the danger zone of 180 by season’s end. The Yankees still won’t talk about where the limit is, but it seems like everyone is in agreement that it’s in the 160 neighborhood.
We can debate the Joba Rules ad nauseum, but first, a few other items to update.
Jorge Posada (bruised left ring finger) is feeling better today and will take BP, anticipating a start on Saturday. … Girardi has “all the faith in the world” that Phil Coke can still be his best left-handed option out of the bullpen, despite his recent troubles. The Yankees want to take it slow with Damaso Marte … Brett Gardner is hitting balls off a tee but it looks like a rehab assignment for Monday might have been overly ambitious. The Yankees still think he can play before the Minor League season ends.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game at rainy Yankee Stadium. Play quick, guys. Storm’s a-comin’.
WHITE SOX (64-64)
|Pitching: LHP Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.92)|
|Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.59)|