In a story reported a few weeks back by Yankees 101, New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain expressed somewhat of a disappointment after not hearing back from former rival turned teammate Kevin Youkilis. In a story written by ESPNNewYork.com senior writer Andrew Marchand, Chamberlain acknowledged he had made the effort to welcome his new teammate to no avail,
“I did everything I can do," Chamberlain said. "I can’t control what Kevin Youkilis does. We’ll go on from there.”
As we originally considered this a much ado about nothing situation, especially following Youkilis' sentiment of having no issue with Chamberlain which he expressed in his introductory media call, Chamberlain confirmed Tuesday per Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that all is good,
“He texted me," Chamberlain said Tuesday. "I'm not going to say what he said, but he texted me back.”
With both players having tremendous opportunities to rejuvenate themselves following injury-riddled 2012 seasons, it is not surprising to see any personal differences alleviated. Youkilis is expected to ascertain an everyday role as the starting third baseman with the long-term absence of incumbent Alex Rodriguez, who is currently battling significant injury and performance-enhancing drug allegations.
Furthermore, after missing an extended period of time in 2012 due to a severe injury suffered in a trampoline accident, Chamberlain is expected to take on an important late-inning role in the Yankees bullpen, with hopes of establishing himself as an in-house option for life after legendary closer Mariano Rivera.
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