Lohud Blog- It’s incredibly hard to believe, but Mariano Rivera’s rehab doctor seems to think there’s a chance Rivera could pitch again this season. “If I was putting money on it, I would put my money on Mo,” Dr. Keith Pyne told the New York Post. According to Joel Sherman’s story, Rivera has been rehabbing four days a week in Manhattan. Although Rivera initially said he would like to be around the team as much as possible, he has rarely been in the clubhouse before or after games. and the general consensus — from Brian Cashman to Dr. David Altchek — has been that Rivera won’t be available until next season. That seemed especially true when the surgery itself was pushed back several weeks because of swelling and a blood clot. Dr. Pyne, however, said the delay was good because it let Rivera do some pre-surgery rehabilitation work. Dr. Pyne also cited Rivera’s athleticism, mental makeup and the fact it was a partial not full tear that had to be repaired.
Newsday- Returning to the city where he made his first appearance in a Yankees uniform, Chamberlain tossed 23 promising pitches Tuesday in his first live game action — against a Pirates rookie-league team — in more than 13 months. With his fastball topping out at 97 mph, Chamberlain fanned the final two of the four batters he faced in his one-inning starting appearance. Working exclusively from the stretch, he allowed no hits, no walks and one unearned run, courtesy of a pair of errors by the third baseman and a passed ball.
ATTENTION: KEEP ALL TRAMPOLINES AND CENTER FIELD WARNING TRACKS OUT OF THE CLUBHOUSE.
These rehabs look to be going swimmingly, and the addition of two guys of this caliber for a postseason run is a scary thought. The revitalized arm of Joba, and Mo beating the odds by somehow turning a delayed surgery into a positive is going to make this already elite bullpen the key to whatever this team can achieve in the playoffs. I can’t wait to see Mariano “Tank God” all the way back to the mound and release a slew of fresh, early season cutters when every other opponent is feeling that end-of-the-year tired arm. Throw Joba in the mix with all the other guys that have stepped up this year, and there’s almost too many options. The only problem will be coming up with the nickname for the later innings pitching combo. EppJob RobSorMo sounds like the retarded guy working at Quick Chek.