January 11, 2008
Cash Hints Some Rules For Joba This Year Too
From Pete Caldera:
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman remains pessimistic about adding Johan Santana in a trade, but he described Joba Chamberlain's status as "a fluid situation" in regard to his role.
Appearing on the YES Network yesterday, Cashman said that due to an unspecified innings limit on Chamberlain in 2008, the 22-year-old right-hander might start the season in the bullpen and be "transferred into the rotation later on."
Cashman also offered that Chamberlain could be skipped over a start occasionally, or that a sixth starter could be used at times. These potential options have yet to be fully discussed, and Chamberlain will "prepare as a starter" during spring training.
Three weeks ago, Buster Olney suggested that the Yanks wanted to limit Joba's innings this year. This disclosure adds to that.
I hope it's not really an "innings" limit. Say Chamberlain averages 9 pitches an inning and throws 140 innings - that's not the same as if he throws 140 innings and averages 25 pitches an inning. That's the problem with this concept - not all innings tax a pitcher in the same way.
So, if Chamberlain is efficient and able to go deep into games on a low pitch count, the Yankees are going to ignore that and just watch the innings totals? That's short-sighted.
It makes much more sense to monitor Joba's P/PA and P/IP and "Days Rest" than to just keep a tally on his innings. Hopefully, this is what the Yankees have in mind - and it's just easier for them to talk about it, in the public, as if it's an "innings limit."
Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 11, 2008 11:43 PM
yes, i believe the Yanks are looking generally at innings, but if Joba (or Hughes) have extremely high or low p/ip, it would change their limits.
Posted by: Travis G. at January 12, 2008 12:34 AM