Joba Chamberlain worked an 11-pitch inning Wednesday night for Single-A Tampa. It was the second straight day he pitched and that is a significant hurdle for him to clear on the road back from Tommy John surgery last summer and ankle surgery in March.

"We will see him Friday, see how he feels and go from there,'' pitching coach Larry Rothschild said of Chamberlain, who may throw a bullpen session while in The Bronx.

No matter how well the first back-to-back sequence went and how much Chamberlain is itching to get off the disabled list, it's likely he won't be activated without appearing in another minor league game, probably higher than the Single-A level he has been pitching in.