"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Girardi to decide how to use Joba

Hank Steinbrenner is further backing off of his early-off-season proclamations. This time, the decision on how to use Joba Chamberlain rests with new manager Joe Girardi.

From Lisa Kennelly of The Star-Ledger:

"It's ultimately up to Joe Girardi," Steinbrenner said in a phone interview. "Joe knows how to handle pitchers better than any of us."

General manager Brian Cashman, however, said he would be involved in the decision as well.

"Joe and I will work it out," Cashman said. "We'll see how it all shakes out." Cashman said Chamberlain will spend spring training preparing for a starting role, but that could change once the season begins. "We want him as a starter, we will prepare him as a starter, but we have to respect that there's an innings limit," Cashman said.
I think Hank is starting to realize that he isn't the sole voice of the front office, after what Howard Rubenstein told Peter Abraham.

Since then, Hank has said how the Yankees could be done with Santana (he has said all along that he was interested in the lefty) and now he says that Chamberlain will be used at Girardi's discretion. This is an interesting development, and it is also a positive one.

The last quote from Cashman, I feel, makes it pretty obvious that Chamberlain will at least spend a portion of the season in the bullpen. I just hope the Yankees don't hinder his development by doing so.


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