When Joba Chamberlain entered the Major Leagues in 2007 as a midseason call-up, the Yankees took a cautious approach by ensuring that he did not pitch back-to-back days in relief. This became known as the Joba Rule. Two years later, the Yankees continue to protect their asset by setting a limit of innings that he can pitch in a season. Chamberlain recently took several starts off so that his arm can be rested with the idea the Yankees will use more of him in the postseason, and in a start against the White Sox couple of weeks ago, he only lasted few innings, and that was his workday. The Yankees are doing this so they don't encounter what the Cubs experienced with Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Wood and Prior experienced short careers as starters since their arms could not handle pitching ma ...
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