Joba Chamberlain good in back-to-back outings

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain pitches against the Red Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain pitches against the Red Sox. (May 15, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Joba Chamberlain sailed through two outings in 24 hours.

Chamberlain allowed an infield hit during a scoreless inning Wednesday night for Class A Tampa, completing the first time he has pitched on consecutive days since being sidelined by ankle and elbow injuries.

"It was really good," said Chamberlain, who threw eight of 10 pitches for strikes. "It means I was in the zone. Just continuing to get better."

Chamberlain is next scheduled to throw a bullpen session in front of team officials Friday at Yankee Stadium. "We'll see how that goes," Chamberlain said. "See what they say. See what they think, and just go from there. See what the next step is."

It is likely that Chamberlain, who could rejoin the Yankees' bullpen within two weeks, will next pitch at a higher minor-league classification. He has made three appearances at both the rookie level and Class A.

Facing the Lakeland Flying Tigers Wednesday, Chamberlain covered first base on an inning-ending grounder.

"It was nice getting to cover first today," Chamberlain said. "I haven't done that since [fielding drills]. Throwing a pitch and having to cover first, do all that and just test it. Everything was good."

His fastball averaged 95 mph. The righthander had a 1-2-3 inning Tuesday night in a road game at Lakeland.

Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline with his son on March 22. The righthander went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 27 relief appearances last season before elbow-ligament surgery June 16.

"That's our goal at the end of August is to come back and just pick up where we left off last year," Chamberlain said. "Continue the good year I had last year and carry it over to the last couple months, and try to help get this team to where we want to be."

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