Joba impresses in win over Red Sox

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Joba Chamberlain answered Joe Girardi’s call on Friday night,
allowing three runs over six strong innings in a 9-5 win over the Red
Sox. Chamberlain was very efficient, throwing 52 of 86 pitches for
strikes, fanning six and walking just one. He retired the first 11
batters he faced until a Victor Martinez solo home run in the fourth
inning. Held the “Joba Rules” in recent starts, it was his longest
outing since Aug. 11.




“You get challenged a lot in life, and you have to look yourself in the
mirror, see how you can make yourself better,” said Chamberlain, who
struggled for weeks. “It was good for me to realize.”




Girardi seemed pleased with the results:



“The expectations are extremely high on him, and he’s had to make
adjustments and change some of the things he’s done. It’s learning. It’s maturing. And tonight, he showed us what he’s
capable of doing.”




Chamberlain lines up for a final
tune-up against the Royals next week. The Yankees probably won’t need
him to start in the ALDS, but if they manage to advance to the ALCS, he
will most certainly be called upon.

White Sox may shut down Eloy Jimenez following quad injury

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White Sox’ no. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez is likely to be removed from Dominican Winter League play following a recent quad injury, Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports. While the injury happened fairly close to the end of Jimenez’s scheduled playing time this offseason, it’s still of some concern for the club as the 22-year-old outfielder continues to move closer to his major league entrance in 2019.

Jimenez made a considerable jump from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte in 2018. He obliterated the competition at both levels and capped his season with a combined .337/.384/.577 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI and a .960 OPS through 456 plate appearances. By season’s end, he not only topped the charts in the White Sox’ own farm system, but was ranked first among all outfield prospects and third among all MLB prospects (per MLB Pipeline).

This isn’t Jimenez’s first brush with injury, though he has yet to contract anything serious enough to slow his rocket-like ascent through the minors en route to his first major-league gig. The young slugger was sidelined for several weeks with a left adductor strain in July and suffered some late-season flu symptoms in August, but even with this most recent complication, remains on track for his debut in the spring of 2019.