Joba To DL; Ex-Yank Almost Throws Perfect Game

Just when they thought they had their catching woes relieved by acquiring Pudge Rodriguez, the Yankees now face new pitching problems.

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports that Joba Chamberlain has been put on the 15-day disabled list, after the hurler was hurting during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The decision was made after Joba paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews, the physician name baseball fans fear to hear.

Joba Chamberlain Jeff Karstens

Guess the Yanks shouldn’t have been so quick to ship Jeff Karstens off to Pittsburgh. After all, he almost tossed a no-hitter today.

The ARIZONA REPUBLIC’s Bob McManaman (what a fun name to say) reports that the Pirates pitcher had a perfect game going into the 8th inning against the Diamondbacks. Karstens had retired the first 23 batters he faced, but only four outs away from perfection, he gave up a double to Chris Young.

Karstens finished up with a two-hit complete game & a 2-0 victory over Arizona. And Jeff did his part for the Pirates offense, as well - he smacked a base hit off of the one & only Randy Johnson at the top of the 8th, later reaching home on a Chris Gomez RBI Double.

Karstens almost became the first major league pitcher to throw a perfect game since May 2004, when the feat was accomplished by - you guessed it, Randy Johnson.

See what you’ve given up, Brian Cashman?

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