The ups and downs of Joba Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain's career has been anything but smooth sailing. Here are some of the more memorable moments during the relief pitcher's tenure.
- Joba Rules Aug. 7, 2007
- Bean Balls Aug. 30, 2007
- The Midges Oct. 5, 2007
- Fist Pumping April-May 2008
- Starting Over 2008
- DUI Oct. 18, 2009
- Starting to Fail 2009
- Tommy John Surgery June 8, 2011
- Ankle Surgery March 22, 2012
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Despite his minor league history as a starter, Chamberlain is so dominant as a major league reliever that some fans wanted him kept in the bullpen. But the Yankees hierarchy views him as a starter still and begins to stretch him out for a starting role in May 2009, despite the fact that he began the season as a reliever. He goes 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 12 starts (65.1 innings), but hits a speed bump following a shoulder injury in August. Chamberlain is placed on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis and pitches strictly in relief when he returns in September.
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