Joba Chamberlain strikes out two in first rehab appearance

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Joba Chamberlain saw his first game action today since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last season, throwing one inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Chamberlain, who’s also coming back from a gruesome ankle injury suffered while jumping on a trampoline in March, struck out two batters and allowed an unearned run on 23 total pitches.

According to New York Newsday his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s, which if true is awfully encouraging for his first appearance.

It’s tough to predict when Chamberlain could be ready to rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen because rarely is a player rehabbing two major injuries at the same time, but the 30-day clock on his minor-league stint is now officially ticking.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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