Sensing the Yankees might have bullpen depth, the Rangers are following Joba Chamberlain.
Don Welke, a senior special assistant to Texas general manager Jon Daniels, was at Steinbrenner Field on Monday specifically to watch Chamberlain pitch an inning against St. Louis.
Chamberlain gave up a hit but not a run. Nor did he walk or strike out a batter. His fastball was clocked at 92-95 mph.
In five spring outings, Chamberlain has thrown five innings, given up four hits, walked two and whiffed three.
The only poor outing came March 1 against the Phillies at home when Chamberlain gave up two runs, two hits and walked two. It was his first appearance since Feb. 26, when after a scoreless inning in Clearwater in which he allowed a hit and fanned two, Chamberlain talked openly about being a starter or closer.
Manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman were not thrilled when they heard those remarks.
A healthy Chamberlain would deepen the Yankees’ bullpen, but they have options in David Aardsma and Shawn Kelley to use in front of setup man David Robertson.
Texas Rangers are scouting Joba Chamberlain
New York Post | Mar 13