NEW YORK -- The Yankees plan to activate right-hander Joba Chamberlain from the disabled list before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field.
Chamberlain threw two innings in an extended spring training game on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., firing 24 pitches and having no effects of the left oblique strain that sent him to the disabled list on May 1.
"If you can throw 95, 96 [mph] at 10:30 in the morning, usually it should be OK," Chamberlain said. "It's one of those things where we wanted to make sure in between the innings, see how it reacted, just in case that would happen. I feel great."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team's plan is to restore Chamberlain to his seventh-inning role in the bullpen, and could also use him in the eighth inning on days that David Robertson needs rest.
Girardi indicated that Chamberlain's return would supplement a group that has also received contributions from right-handers Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne.
"It just gives us more depth," Girardi said. "With a lot of the close games that we've been in, it's good to have another power arm like that [to] share the workload with."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less