Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Phillies are not pursing Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. Reports yesterday stated that the Phillies were interested in the New York right-hander.
Chamberlain, who turns 28 in September, has not been the pitcher he was cracked up to be in the past. He is 1-0 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP in 20.1 innings over 22 appearances. Chamberlain has not appeared in more than 27 games since 2010 and the numbers haven't been great. The Nebraska native has not posted an ERA lower than 4.35 in a season in which he has pitched 29 or more innings since 2008.
In addition to the poor numbers, Chamberlain also has had injury concerns. He missed the majority of the 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery then missed a large portion of 2012 after he suffered an open dislocation of his ankle while jumping on a trampoline during Spring Training. This season, Chamberlain has spent time on the 15-Day DL with an oblique strain.
To say I'm relieved is an understatement.
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