Where in the world is Joba Chamberlain?

May, 11, 2011
5/11/11
11:22
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Those of us in the press box here at Yankee Stadium, as we begin the 11th inning and watch Buddy Carlyle begin his second inning of relief for the Yanks, are wondering: Where is Joba Chamberlain?

Chamberlain was brilliant last night against the Royals, needing just nine pitches to retire the Royals' 2-3-4 hitters in order, striking out two of them and hitting 98 miles per hour on the radar gun.

Yet, with the Yankees leading 2-1 heading into the eighth inning tonight, manager Joe Girardi called upon David Robertson, who threw 26 pitches last night against the Royals. Robertson surrendered the tying run in the eighth, and then Carlyle gave up a run in the 10th. (The Yankees tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 10th, courtesy of a Curtis Granderson two-out single.)

The Yankees are already without their regular eighth-inning setup man, Rafael Soriano, who is sitting out his second straight game tonight with elbow inflammation. It appears the Yankees were also without Soriano's replacement, Chamberlain, tonight.

Stay tuned for more after this game finally ends, and we get an explanation from Girardi in the postgame news conference.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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