Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Job(a), J to the O, B. So Joba's back, as a reliever, which sort of makes sense. I guess the thinking is, "we broke his shoulder by making him a starter so let's make him a reliever before he's fully healed since broken shoulder + fewer innings = healthy shoulder + six or more innings every five days."
Admittedly, I am one of the people who believes Joba is best used as a starter. I still believe this, despite the obviously disastrous effects to his arm and our season. Nonetheless, it seems they should just let him rehab the shoulder for now and pick up some innings in the Arizona fall league if need be. I know we're making our big playoff push now, but why bother with this? When Wang had shoulder tendinitis in 2005 he rehabbed and came back as a starter. If Joba can't do the same it's probably because he's not ready. Further, pitching in relief, even if he can do it without further hurting himself, does not aid his development since he will not throw his secondary pitches, just fastball slider. Lastly, is Carl Pavano the Yankees minor league strength and conditioning coach? How did all three of our minor league pitching prospects get hurt so quickly once they began starting regularly in the majors? Makes no sense. Personally, I blame the underaged Chinese "women's" gymnastics team. Which reminds me, shouldn't we call it girls gymnastics? I realize there are a few gymnasts out there over 18 but by and large there are no women in this sport. Good night and good luck (that's right, my blog posts are like standing up to McCarthyism. What do you think about that mofos?).