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New York Yankees' Early Spring Training Tidbits: Joba Is Swollen

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Double G SportsCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2011

Pitchers and catchers have officially arrived at camp to begin workouts. Position players are arriving as well.

It’s that time of year when everyone makes a big deal out of little issues. That keeps spring training fun for us fans and media.

The toughest job this season falls in the hands of new pitching coach Larry Rothschild. He has the burden of putting together a staff, particularly a starting rotation that currently consists of a slimmed down CC Sabathia, a still young Phil Hughes and an incredibly inconsistent A.J. Burnett.

Following those three are two open spots that will be open for the taking by a group of pitchers like Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova, Andrew Brackman, Bartolo Colon, Sergio Mitre and more.

Another pitcher that has been some what-if head scratcher is Joba Chamberlain. Sure, the Yankees had added to the Joba drama by switching him between the bullpen and rotation to many times while also putting “Joba Rules” on him.

However, Chamberlain hasn’t exactly been the model for consistency so far in his young career.

Chamberlain arrived at camp heavier than a year ago. The debate seems to be just how much heavier and why. Did he raid Sabathia’s fridge? Or is the extra weight from muscle added after he put a gym in his home?


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