Joba vows to pitch in 2012

TAMPA — RHP Joba Chamberlain hobbled to a chair, put down his crutches and soon made a pronouncement: He expects to pitch in the majors this season.

Despite a trampoline accident that dislocated his right ankle and put him in a cast for six weeks, the Yankees reliever remained confident he would be back.

"Obviously there's a lot of things that are going to have to happen before that, but what we've been told there's a great chance it's going to happen," Chamberlain said Tuesday.

Chamberlain spoke at the Yankees' spring complex five days after the injury. GM Brian Cashman said there is no timetable for his return.

"No one can tell you whether he'll pitch this year," Cashman said. "There's a chance he can. There's a chance he might not. Is this something that can be a real issue for him going forward? Yes. I'm optimistic that the best-case scenario will work out and he'll pitch again this year, but that's my heart and gut. I don't have anything else go to on."

Chamberlain, 26, says he didn't break any bones and has been free of infection. Chamberlain and Cashman said it was never a life-threatening situation.

Chamberlain was hurt Thursday playing with his 5-year-old son at a Tampa-area recreation spot.

"I felt like I let my team down, to be perfectly honest with you, and that's the most frustrating part," he said.

GRANDERSON OUT: CF Curtis Granderson was scratched from the game against the Blue Jays with right elbow soreness and was sent for a precautionary MRI exam.

PETTITTE THROWS: LHP Andy Pettitte increased his workload by throwing in a simulated game, and manager Joe Girardi said the 39-year-old could pitch in a spring training game next week.

EX-STAR'S SON CUT: The Yankees released 1B Preston Mattingly, who agreed to a minor-league contract in January. The 24-year-old is the son of former Yankees star and current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Phils: Lee on track

CLEARWATER — Cliff Lee definitely looks ready for the regular season.

Lee pitched six scoreless innings in the Phillies' 5-4 victory over the Pirates. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one. The left-hander, 33, will make one more spring start Sunday before taking the ball in the second game of the regular season on April 7 in Pittsburgh.

"I'm pretty happy with where everything is right now," Lee said. "One more start and then the regular season, so it's time to get after it."

NICKED UP: INF Freddy Galvis said he was okay a day after fouling a pitch off his left foot. He was diagnosed with a contusion and is day to day.

Jays: Lind sits

TAMPA — Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind was a late scratch because of tightness in his lower back.

The team said the move was made for precautionary reasons. It didn't indicate how long Lind would be out.

Lower back problems hounded Lind for much of the 2011 season. He spent three weeks in May and June on the disabled list and battled discomfort the rest of the season. He was batting .313 before his DL stint, then batted .229 thereafter.

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Joba vows to pitch in 2012 03/27/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 6:00pm]

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