Hank Steinbrenner expects Chamberlain to pitch again this season

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner expects hard-throwing Joba Chamberlain to pitch again this season. Whether it's as a starter or out of the bullpen will be determined.

"I don't know yet," Steinbrenner said Friday night at the Yankees' spring training complex. "It's up to [manager Joe] Girardi and [pitching coach Dave] Eiland, how they want to do it. They know what they're doing, and the doctors obviously know."

Chamberlain has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 6 due to rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. He is scheduled for his first bullpen session this weekend since leaving his start on Aug. 4 against Texas with shoulder stiffness.

"Whatever is best, not just for now but for his future, is what we'll do," Steinbrenner said. "We'll just have to see."

The 22-year old Chamberlain was moved from the bullpen to the rotation earlier this season. He is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.

His injury was another blow to New York's depleted pitching staff. The team is also without No. 1 starter Chien-Ming Wang and right-hander Phil Hughes.

Steinbrenner will be at the Yankees' three-game home series with Boston that begins Tuesday night. His brother Hal, a team co-chairman, is also expected to be at Yankee Stadium for the matchup with the Red Sox.