Joba Chamberlain says Tommy John rehab is on track

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According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, via River Ave. Blues, Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain was in the New York Rangers locker room after Saturday’s game against the Flyers and told reporters that he’s currently on schedule in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery.

Chamberlain underwent the reconstructive elbow procedure this past June — only five months ago — and is likely to miss all or most of the 2012 season, even if he manages to avoid setbacks in his rehab.

The 26-year-old posted a promising 2.83 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings of relief this year before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. He’s eligible for salary arbitration this winter for the second time. He made $1.4 million in 2011.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.