The New York Yankees traded Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Casey McGehee before the trading deadline Tuesday. That left a hole in their bullpen… which is being filled by a very familiar face:
Joba was expected to be out this long just from Tommy John surgery; then he suffered an ankle injury jumping on a trampoline with his son that was at first thought to be career-threatening.
Joba made seven appearances on rehab assignment, throwing 9⅓ innings, allowing just four hits, one walk and one earned run, with 10 strikeouts. Rehab appearances don’t always tell the whole story, but that’s pretty dominant. The Yankees have been looking to upgrade their pen, and this might be the best move they could have made.