A day after plunking Derek Jeter in the back with a fastball, Joba Chamberlain was still bothered by the errant pitch.
"It's the last thing you're trying to do," the former Yankees reliever said Wednesday afternoon. "He knew I wasn't trying to hit him. I still feel bad that it happened."
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Now a late-inning reliever for the Tigers, Chamberlain hit Jeter with a 1-and-2 pitch with two outs in the 10th inning.
It was his only blemish in an otherwise positive return. Chamberlain allowed no hits and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium as an opponent.
Wanted: Starting pitcher
Girardi said he probably won't know who will pitch in David Phelps' spot in the rotation Friday until after this afternoon's game because his decision will be based on which long man hasn't pitched.
Before Wednesday night's game, Girardi said that, although righthander Esmil Rogers pitched Tuesday night, he still remains an option because he threw only 18 pitches in his one-inning outing.
Chase Whitley also is an option to start in place of Phelps.
Girardi won't stay away from anyone in particular between now and Friday because "you worry about today today."
Break for Betances
Girardi raised some eyebrows when he removed Dellin Betances with one out in the ninth inning Tuesday night, even though the hard-throwing righthander had thrown only 18 pitches.
Girardi said Wednesday that he's been keeping a close eye on Betances' innings and sent him back to the mound for a second inning of work Tuesday only because he breezed through his first inning.
"I don't think we've overworked him," Girardi said, "but I still have to pay attention to what we do."
Betances has thrown 672/3 innings, putting him on pace for close to 100 this season.
Michael Pineda had no issues during a 25-pitch bullpen session and will start tomorrow night for Triple-A Scranton. He's expected to throw as many as 80 pitches in what could be his final minor-league rehab outing before returning to the Yankees.