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Bullpen may not be Joba's final calling

TAMPA — The long-term role for Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain has not been determined.

General manager Brian Cashman on Sunday didn't commit to or rule out Chamberlain getting an opportunity to be in the rotation next season. Chamberlain was moved into a relief role Thursday when he lost out to RHP Phil Hughes in the fifth-starter competition.

Cashman said his focus is on this season and no decisions have been made on Chamberlain's status for 2011.

"We haven't had any team meetings and said, 'All right, he's a reliever for the rest of his life.' No, we didn't do that," Cashman said. "Essentially, though, I think what the mind-set has got to be, he's not going to help us in our rotation right now because we picked five guys. His role on the club is to help us out of the pen."

Chamberlain said he is taking things day by day. "It's one of those things where you can't look ahead because you've got to be focused on what you're doing right now," he said.

Jays: Ex-Ray Gathright cut loose

DUNEDIN — The Blue Jays released former Rays OF Joey Gathright, saying they did not believe it was fair to send the six-year veteran to the minors.

Gathright, 28, hit .167 in 42 at-bats this spring and was passed by several players on the depth chart. Still, he expected to be demoted, not released.

"You kind of expect something bad to happen, but not this," Gathright told MLB.com. "But I can understand where the team is coming from. I had a very, very bad spring, hitting-wise. You've got to do what you've got to do. A lot of guys are having good springs, so you've got to give those guys opportunity.

"I'm kind of lost right now. I'll probably go back to New Orleans for a little bit to get my head together — that's where my parents live — and go from there."

Phils: No. 5 starter still up in the air

CLEARWATER — The Phillies canceled their spring game against a Pirates split-squad because of rain. They have yet to announce a resolution to the fifth-starter race.

With a week to go before opening the season in Washington, veteran LHP Jamie Moyer and RHP Kyle Kendrick remain locked in a battle for a final rotation spot.

"I have not made a decision, we have not made a decision yet," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "When we do, when we tell the players, everybody will know."

Kendrick, 25, who spent most of 2009 in the minors, allowed one earned run in 52/3 innings against the Astros on Thursday. Moyer, 47, coming off three offseason surgeries, allowed one hit in 62/3 shutout innings against the Yankees on Friday.

Fast facts

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Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Today: vs. Braves, 1:05, Clearwater. Information: phillies.com

Blue Jays

Where: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Today: vs. Tigers, 1:05, Dunedin. Information: bluejays.com

Bullpen may not be Joba's final calling 03/28/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 28, 2010 9:13pm]

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