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Monday, April 21, 2008

Hank wants Joba starting now

Hank Steinbrenner is getting cranky at the starters' slow start to the season. He told The Times that he wants Joba Chamberlain in the rotation as soon as possible.

“I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him, and that is what we are working toward and we need him there now,” Steinbrenner said Sunday by telephone. “There is no question about it, you don’t have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy. You just don’t do that. You have to be an idiot to do that.”

“The mistake was already made last year switching him to the bullpen out of panic or whatever,” Steinbrenner said. “I had no say in it last year and I wouldn’t have allowed it. That was done last year, so now we have to catch up. It has to be done on a schedule so we don’t rush him.”

“The starting rotation is not what I would have chosen at the beginning of the year, but that is not a big news flash to anyone,” Steinbrenner said.
The fact that this is coming out isn't a big news flash either.

I think Hank will get his wish pretty soon. The first step in improving the rotation was made yesterday by switching the order. The next step will be transitioning Chamberlain from a reliever into a starter.


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