Joba could be back in August

Joba Chamberlain's rehab from Tommy John surgery continues to progress well. He threw a scoreless inning this afternoon for the (Class A) Gulf Coast Yankees, and in three outings so far, has thrown four hitless innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out six. According to the Associated Press, Chamberlain's fastball reached 98 mph.

"We're very encouraged by what he's doing right now,'' Girardi said. "He'll take a couple of days off now and then probably throw again, and eventually he has to get to back-to-back outings. But it seems we’re getting through this and it shouldn’t be a real long time if everything goes according to plan.''

Under the rules, Chamberlain must be promoted to the major leagues or reassigned within 30 days of the beginning of his rehab assignment, which started on July 10. That means barring a setback, Joba could be pitching for the Yankees by Aug. 10, if not sooner.