Yankees change the Joba Rules

Joba.jpgThe Yankees have made a significant alteration to the rules concerning right-hander Joba Chamberlain, as a result of his troublesome recent stretch.

Chamberlain will now pitch every fifth day in the rotation for the rest of the season but the Yankees will be cutting short his starts on a predetermined basis in the very near future, leaving him unable to qualify for victories in some cases — think four innings — and keeping him under his innings limit (believed to be 160). Having bullpen reinforcements beginning Sept. 1 will help this.

Then, as September comes to a close, his innings will be bumped back up so he will be capable to throw 100 pitches. Chamberlain said that he is happy about the move, which Joe Girardi had been talking about with Dave Eiland and Brian Cashman this week. Chamberlain was told about it this afternoon at the Stadium.

“It’s going to be something that’s good for all of us,” Chamberlain said.

More later…

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