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.

Hanley Ramirez and Eduardo Rodriguez underwent surgery

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Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent surgery — left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the operation is considered relatively minor.

Ramirez, 33, has been dealing with shoulder issues for a while, which explains his lackluster regular season numbers. He hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, and 58 runs scored in 553 plate appearances. He turned things on in the postseason, though, racking up eight hits in 15 trips to the plate in the ALDS against the Astros.

Ramirez should be good to go heading into spring training. He has one more guaranteed year left on his contract at $22 million and has a vesting option for the 2019 season worth another $22 million.

Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez also had surgery, Britton reports. The procedure was right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and it was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Rodriguez has a six-month timetable, which Britton estimates will allow him to make his 2018 regular season debut around the All-Star break.

Rodriguez, 24, posted a 4.19 ERA with a 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season. He’ll be entering his first of four years of arbitration eligibility this offseason.