It's just 5 inches higher than the half-mound Joba Chamberlain had been throwing off, but it represented a big step in Joba Chamberlain's recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Tuesday morning in a George M. Steinbrenner Field bullpen Chamberlain threw 16 pitches off a regulation-sized (10-inches high) mound and said it was a significant development.

"It's the last step, I know I am on the mound and I can start spinning stuff,'' said Chamberlain, who was watched by manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, guest instructor Andy Pettitte, David Wells and the Yankees' minor league staff.