Joba throws 25 pitches; next step on Sunday

Joba throws 25 pitches; next step on Sunday

BOSTON -- Joba Chamberlain continues to move forward in his return from injuries and could be lined up to pitch in his first Minor League rehabilitation game early next week.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Chamberlain's session on Friday in Tampa, Fla., was "pretty good." The right-hander faced six batters and struck out three in a 25-pitch outing, and Girardi said that the team is eyeing a rehab outing for Tuesday if Chamberlain's bullpen session on Sunday goes well.

Chamberlain has vowed that he will pitch at the Major League level this season. He is returning from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow as well as an open dislocation of his right ankle, which he suffered this spring.

"You kind of expect he's got to go through somewhat of a Spring Training," Girardi said. "That's usually a good almost 30 days of games for people, because he has not went through any games yet, and he has not went through games for a while.

"I can't tell you [when Chamberlain will return]. Our needs could change and things could speed up, but he's going to have to get some games under his belt."