Former Husker pitcher Joba Chamberlain, drafted last year by the New York Yankees, may get called up as a bullpen setup man for the Yanks as soon as this week. Chamberlain has been starting in the minors, but came into a game in relief this weekend at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"The 21-year-old Chamberlain, drafted No. 41 overall last year, remains a starting pitcher in the long term for New York. But for a club in need of bullpen help during the final two months of the baseball season, Chamberlain looks like the best option.
"All of these plans are very tentative," Yankees Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman told reporters during the weekend on the possibility of using Chamberlain as a late-inning setup man for All-Star closer Mariano Rivera. "They're written in a No. 1 pencil."
With the non-waiver trade deadline set to pass today, the Yankees are rumored to covet Texas reliever Eric Gagne. But even if a last-minute deal is reached, Chamberlain may still get the call to New York."
Chamberlain earned the Husker's only CWS victory in 2005 and is 9-2 with a 2.56 ERA over three levels of minor league play this year.
Best of luck to him.