Cashman: Chamberlain ahead of schedule

07/24/2012 2:45 PM ET
By Jon Lane
Brian Cashman is thrilled with Joba Chamberlain's recovery from Tommy John surgery and a dislocated ankle. So much so he's projecting a return to the Yankees sooner than when his 30-day rehab clock expires on August 6.

“Joba’s out of control,” said Cashman on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Tuesday morning. “The stuff he’s featuring is remarkable. He’s as high as 100 (mph) but upwards consistently (at) 96, 97, 98. He looks really good.

“He’s an amazing guy. He’s been hurt, he gets hurt a lot, but then his recovery time is like super-human — always beats the standard. So yeah, he’s due back here shortly. I mean, the worst-case scenario would be the first week of August, but he should be here ahead of that.”

Chamberlain last pitched on Friday for the Class-A Tampa Yankees in Bradenton, his fourth rehab appearance. He threw 32 pitches (19 strikes) over two innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a walk and one strikeout. He is expected to work in back-to-back games beginning Tuesday night, likely the final hurdle before he's cleared to resume his role in the Yankees bullpen.

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