Joba Chamberlain, sidelined earlier this week with the flu, threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday and may be ready to make his spring debut as soon as Friday.
“If he feels OK on Friday, we’ll pitch him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told The Journal News Wednesday evening.
Chamberlain, 24, compiled a 4.75 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP and a 133/76 K/BB ratio in 31 starts (157 1/3 innings) during the 2009 regular season for the Yankees before posting a 2.84 ERA in 6 1/3 postseason frames. He’s fighting this spring for the Yanks’ final rotation spot along with Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre. Hughes and Chamberlain are thought to have the upper-hand for now, but anything can happen as March turns into April.
The Yankees host the Rays on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Ryan Moseley.
Nuno, 29, went to the Dodgers from the Mariners in the Carlos Ruiz trade this past November. He and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $1.125 million salary for the 2017 season. The left-hander finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.53 ERA and a 51/11 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings spanning one start and 54 relief appearances.
Nuno will provide the Orioles starting pitching depth and could serve as a valuable left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Moseley, 22, played his first season of professional baseball in the New York Penn League last year. In 12 relief appearances, he put up a 3.20 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio across 19 2/3 innings. The Orioles selected him in the eighth round of the 2016 draft.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that Mets GM Sandy Alderson and second baseman Neil Walker‘s agent have been in contact about a contract extension as recently as Saturday. The extension is reportedly three years, including the 2017 season, and “north of $40 million,” according to Ackert’s source.
Walker, 31, accepted the Mets’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. He’s coming off one of the better seasons of his eight-year career, finishing with a .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line along with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. Walker’s season ended in late August as he underwent a lumbar microdisectomy.