Joba Expects To Learn His Position This Week

Associated Press – March 17, 2008 3:25 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Former Nebraska pitcher Joba Chamberlain could be headed back to the bullpen officially this week.

Chamberlain said he expects to meet with New York manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Dave Eiland on Wednesday to discuss his role. The right-hander went 2-0 with an 0.38 ERA out of the bullpen last year during his first season.

Chamberlain has worked as a starter this spring, and eventually will join the rotation. But with five other healthy starting pitchers in camp, he is expecting to be the setup man for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera when the regular season starts.

Chamberlain threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session today, which included 23 from the stretch.

Chamberlain helped Nebraska reach the College World Series in 2005.

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