Hank Steinbrenner is has pressed the "panic" button.
He wants Joba Chamberlain to move into the starting rotation.
“I want him as a starter and so does everyone else, including him."
(when did he say that? Can some one send me the exact quote, please.)
"That is what we are working toward and we need him there now. There is no question about it, you don’t have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy. You just don’t do that. You have to be an idiot to do that.”
Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith, Troy Percival...oh never mind..
Steinbrenner said the Yankees were working on easing Chamberlain into the rotation, but he would not be specific on a timetable. The Yankees’ brain trust had wanted to limit Chamberlain’s innings by having him spend at least part of the season in the bullpen.
How soon we forget....
"The mistake was already made last year switching him to the bullpen out of panic or whatever,” Steinbrenner said. “I had no say in it last year and I wouldn’t have allowed it. That was done last year, so now we have to catch up. It has to be done on a schedule so we don’t rush him.”
Note to Hank: If Joba was not added to the pen last summer, the Yanks would have played their last game October 1st. He saved their hide!
I can't wait to see Hawkins and Farnsworth serving up meatballs in the 8th.
It sounds like a good way to limit Rivera's innings by limiting save situations.
Did Hank think of that?
Who leaves the rotation when Joba is added to it?
He can't send Hughes or Kennedy to AAA without hearing about how he wouldn't send them the Twinkies for Santana and Mussina (Mr. Regimen) is too much of a head case to work out of the pen.
WARNING: DISASTER AHEAD