On a day the Yankees learned Derek Jeter may begin his rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, Bartolo Colon may return to the mound this weekend and Phil Hughes is on track to come back after the All-Star Break, the team got even more good news on the injury front, though it was on a smaller scale.
Reliever Joba Chamberlain reported he had no pain in his surgically-repaired right elblow -- just days after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
“I’m ahead of schedule, a lot ahead of schedule,” Chamberlain said after the Yankees’ 5-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Chamberlain had his stitches removed by team doctor Chris Ahmad on Tuesday. He is wearing a brace that runs from his bicep to his wrist.
He plans to start rehabilitating the injury next week.
Chamberlain was originally placed on the disabled list with a torn MCL in his right elbow on June 8.
He is expected to miss 12 to 18 months.