Joba Chamberlain to make spring debut Friday?

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Joba Chamberlain headshot.jpgJoba 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.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.