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Joba Chamberlain still not ready to return

Joba Chamberlain leaves a game against the Baltimore

Joba Chamberlain leaves a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 2, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Joba Chamberlain's rehab hit a snag, though not one that Joe Girardi was ready to call significant. "He's just not quite ready yet," he said.

Chamberlain, on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, pitched in a rehab game Tuesday night for Triple-A Scranton. The expectation was he could be ready to return by Thursday night, but that wasn't the case. Instead, Girardi said, Chamberlain will play catch and "we'll go from there," which probably will include another rehab outing.

"Rib cages are tricky," Girardi said. "A lot of times you'll see where guys can throw or swing but you don't feel they're at 100 percent full power. We don't think he's quite there yet, so we're going to make sure he's ready."

Good news on Jeter

Derek Jeter, recovering from left ankle surgery, received good news from his doctor. "It's healing," Girardi said. "I think he'll be out of the boot sometime shortly and we'll go from there."

Hafner encouraged

Travis Hafner tested his sore right shoulder and said after batting practice, "I didn't have any of the issues I had before. I'm happy with the way it went. I'm really encouraged by today."

Betances up

Manhattan-born and Brooklyn-raised Dellin Betances, once considered one of the organization's prized pitching prospects before his control abandoned him two seasons ago, was called up from Scranton. Reliever Brett Marshall was sent down.

"I feel confidence," said Betances, 25. "I always think that I can get back on track to where I need to be. I feel I'm real close."

Report from Tampa

Michael Pineda (shoulder) is expected to throw four innings in an extended spring game Friday or Saturday. "Sometime in the summer we expect him," Girardi said . . . Alex Rodriguez did tee and toss drills, Girardi said, and "felt pretty good" . . . Girardi said Kevin Youkilis (back) has done tee and toss without pain and added, "They're talking about BP pretty soon for him." . . . Mark Teixeira (wrist) hit curves off a pitching machine.

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