New York Yankees activate RHP Joba Chamberlain from 15-day disabled list

05/28/2013 5:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Joba Chamberlain missed about four weeks with a strained oblique.(AP)
The New York Yankees have activated pitcher Joba Chamberlain from the 15-day disabled list.

Chamberlain, who had been sidelined since May 1 with a strained oblique, threw 24 pitches in two innings in an Extended Spring Training game in Tampa on Saturday, and said later that he was ready to go.

“If you can throw 95, 96 mph at 10:30 in the morning, usually it should be OK," Chamberlain said. "It's one of those things where we wanted to make sure in between the innings, see how it reacted, just in case that would happen. I feel great."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media Wednesday that Chamberlain will reclaim his role in the bullpen, nominally tabbing him the top seventh-inning option but reiterating he would use the righty in the eighth and ninth innings on days David Robertson or Mariano Rivera are unavailable.

"It just gives us more depth," Girardi said. "With a lot of the close games that we've been in, it's good to have another power arm like that to share the workload with."

To make room for Chamberlain, the Yankees designated LHP David Huff for assignment. Huff was claimed off waivers from Cleveland on Saturday and activated Sunday, when he pitched one inning in the Yankees’ series finale with the Rays in Tampa.

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