Yankees opt to have Joba come out of bullpen for now

Updated: March 20, 2008, 4:04 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Joba Chamberlain will begin the season in the New York Yankees' bullpen.

"We think that's where he fits best right now," manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

For much of spring training, Chamberlain was a contender for a spot in the starting rotation. He was a starter in college and the minors before New York switched him to a relief role last year and called him up in August to boost its shaky bullpen.

When asked if Chamberlain would go back to the setup ...

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