Joba Ready For Bullpen Move

Change has been a common theme in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That trend doesn't seem to have come to an end just yet. This time it isn't a roster change, but a position change. The next time Scranton/Wilkes-Barre gets the opportunity to see recent addition Joba Chamberlain, he won't be heading out from the dugout. Instead, he'll be coming out from the bullpen.

(Photo courtesy of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees)

This change was announced Sunday afternoon, with Steven White now taking over the starting role on Monday night versus Rochester. Chamberlain took the change in stride, confident that he'll be able to make the necessary adjustments to handle his new position.

"I'm going to do whatever I can do to help. That's first and foremost where they think I can help them now. I'm going to take it with a full head of steam and make the most of it," he said.

In his career as a pitcher, he has little experience coming from the bullpen.

"This will be the first time," Joba Chamberlain admitted. "I've piggy-backed a little back in Hawaii, but I still prepared as if I was starting the game. The only time I actually came out of the pen was my Future's game. It's something I'm ready to take on, and I'm ready to have fun with it."

In prepping himself to enter the game via the bullpen, the 230-pound righty knows more variables and obstacles stand in his way.

"Instead of seeing guys three or four times through six or seven innings, I've got one inning. I might face only three or four guys. I've got to get them out and to show my best stuff," he said. "I've got to be able to limit my pitches, and be able to give myself the ability to come out again the next day."

When asked on how he prepares for such a transition from starting to the bullpen, and vice versa, he had a few things to say.

"You've just to be prepared for anything. It's not just your workout that is going to be different; you're going to have to adjust some things. In the end, it's still the same game, you've got to pitch your stuff, and do everything that got to this point. If you try and do too much, you're going to get yourself in a lot of trouble."

With the move, there was speculation of the possibility Chamberlain for pitching out of the bullpen in New York in the coming months. While the possibility remains open, he hasn't heard anything specifically regarding such an opportunity.

"No, they haven't said anything. I'm just prepared for anything," he said of his chances to pitching in the Major Leagues. "To go out and get my innings in, and get my work in here, as well as understand the role as a bullpen guy - just take it, embrace it, and make the best of it."

Ultimately, the 21-year old is confident in what he can bring to the mound. He isn't concerned about the difficulties he may face when returning back to the only role he has known; starting pitcher.

"You can't think you're not going to be as good as a starter, or in the pen. You've got to keep your same mentality. You've got to understand your stuff is good enough to get outs. Don't try and do too much. Don't be too fine, just trust your stuff, and do your best."

Chamberlain may be in a new town, he may be in a new position, but one thing that won't change is his confidence.

"I'm going to do what it takes to be as successful as I can, no matter what," he concluded.

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\r\nThis change was announced Sunday afternoon, with Steven White now taking over the starting role on Monday night versus Rochester. Chamberlain took the change in stride, confident that he'll be able to make the necessary adjustments to handle his new position.
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\r\n\"I'm going to do whatever I can do to help. That's first and foremost where they think I can help them now. I'm going to take it with a full head of steam and make the most of it,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\nIn his career as a pitcher, he has little experience coming from the bullpen.
\r\n
\r\n\"This will be the first time,\" Joba Chamberlain admitted. \"I've piggy-backed a little back in Hawaii, but I still prepared as if I was starting the game. The only time I actually came out of the pen was my Future's game. It's something I'm ready to take on, and I'm ready to have fun with it.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn prepping himself to enter the game via the bullpen, the 230-pound righty knows more variables and obstacles stand in his way.
\r\n
\r\n\"Instead of seeing guys three or four times through six or seven innings, I've got one inning. I might face only three or four guys. I've got to get them out and to show my best stuff,\" he said. \"I've got to be able to limit my pitches, and be able to give myself the ability to come out again the next day.\"
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\r\nWhen asked on how he prepares for such a transition from starting to the bullpen, and vice versa, he had a few things to say.
\r\n
\r\n\"You've just to be prepared for anything. It's not just your workout that is going to be different; you're going to have to adjust some things. In the end, it's still the same game, you've got to pitch your stuff, and do everything that got to this point. If you try and do too much, you're going to get yourself in a lot of trouble.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith the move, there was speculation of the possibility Chamberlain for pitching out of the bullpen in New York in the coming months. While the possibility remains open, he hasn't heard anything specifically regarding such an opportunity.
\r\n
\r\n\"No, they haven't said anything. I'm just prepared for anything,\" he said of his chances to pitching in the Major Leagues. \"To go out and get my innings in, and get my work in here, as well as understand the role as a bullpen guy - just take it, embrace it, and make the best of it.\"
\r\n
\r\nUltimately, the 21-year old is confident in what he can bring to the mound. He isn't concerned about the difficulties he may face when returning back to the only role he has known; starting pitcher.
\r\n
\r\n\"You can't think you're not going to be as good as a starter, or in the pen. You've got to keep your same mentality. You've got to understand your stuff is good enough to get outs. Don't try and do too much. Don't be too fine, just trust your stuff, and do your best.\"
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\r\nChamberlain may be in a new town, he may be in a new position, but one thing that won't change is his confidence.
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\r\n\"I'm going to do what it takes to be as successful as I can, no matter what,\" he concluded.
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