Joba Chamberlain Takes His First Step Back

July 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Joba Chamberlain Takes His First Step Back

" The Yankees have a hard-throwing right-hander in the minor leagues right now who could wind up making a major impact on the team's bullpen over the second half of the season.

This scenario will sound familiar to those of you who remember the way the 2007 season played out. Back then, the pitcher's name was Joba Chamberlain and his work in the late innings helped get the Yankees into the playoffs for the 13th straight season.

In 2012, the name of that pitcher is also Joba Chamberlain. He's not a young phenom anymore, of course, and plenty of people have already written him off as a pitcher who can help a major league team, but Chamberlain is back on the mound with his sights set on the Bronx.

Chamberlain kicked off his minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday, throwing 23 pitchers and striking out two in his first appearance since Tommy John surgery last year and the ankle dislocation he suffered during spring training while playing with his son on a trampoline "

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