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Since his transition from the bullpen to the mound Joba Chamberlain has helped to bring the Yankees back from mediocrity into playoff contention. Now he must watch the team from the bench.

A day after Joba went to see the infamous Dr James Andrews the Yankees have put their 22-year-old power pitcher on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis according to Newsday.

The Yankees expect Joba to rest at least one week before being reevaluated. At that point if everything goes well he will begin a short rehab before returning to the mound. He is not expected to need surgery and will likely be back this season.

This comes as great news to Yankee fans as there likely will not be long-term damage associated with this and the team still has a chance to make the playoffs this season.

If the Yankees had to finish the stretch run with a rotation of Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Sidney Ponson, Ian Kennedy, and Dan Giese they likely would go nowhere fast. Now the team has to hope Joba can make a quick return and Giese can keep the ship from sinking in the meantime.

This is not necessarily great news however, when Jorge Posada was initially diagnosed back in April the Yankees said he was suffering from the same rotator cuff tendinitis. Now Posada is back home after having season ending surgery.

That is worst-case scenario however and the best case is that Joba returns from the DL on August 20 when he is eligible. That is also unlikely and he will realistically come back the last week of August or the first week in September.

ESPN has surmised that Joba will be moved to the bullpen upon his return, but this is highly unlikely and is based solely on their speculation. It wouldn’t make sense to switch him back to the pen now. For one thing he’ll get less time to rest between appearances and it is unlikely the team would risk straying from his developmental plan yet again.

On top of that the Yankees would be missing the front-of-the-rotation starter needed in the playoffs. Especially considering that Chien-Ming Wang is not likely to pitch again this season even if the Yankees made the playoffs this year they would have no chance to advance with that terrible Joba-less rotation.

This injury arose this past Monday against the Texas Rangers when Joba was lifted in the fifth inning with shoulder stiffness. After being examined by Drs. Stuart Hershon and Chris Ahmad at New York Presbyterian Hospital he was sent to Dr. Andrews which caused speculation that his season was over.

In 12 starts this year Chamberlain is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 74 strike outs in 65.1 innings. Overall he is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA and 104 strike outs in 89 innings.

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