New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to work in relief Sunday and appears headed to the bullpen for the first round of the playoffs.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Chamberlain will pitch an inning or face a couple batters in the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Girardi said Chamberlain is "in the mix" for a bullpen spot for the opening round.
Chamberlain went 9-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 31 starts. His workload was limited and he wound pitching in 156 1-3 innings.
The Yankees will likely need just three starters for the divisional series. CC Sabathia will start the opener for the AL East champions. Andy Pettitte and A.J. Burnett will pitch the next two games, although it hasn't been determined in which order.
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