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Joba Chamberlain | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joba Chamberlain picked up his second blown save of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox, surrendering a three-run homer to David Ortiz.
Chamberlain, filling in for the struggling Joe Nathan who had pitched the previous two nights, allowed a leadoff single to Brock Holt and a one-out walk to Dustin Pedroia before Ortiz’s dramatic blast. This may quell the rumblings of Chamberlain replacing Nathan in the ninth inning, at least until Nathan blows up once more. Jun 8 - 11:45 PM

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With Joe Nathan getting the day off after pitching in three straight games, Joba Chamberlain pitched a hitless ninth for his second save Friday against the Mariners.

Chamberlain is clearly second in line for saves in Detroit, and things could get very interesting if Nathan blows another opportunity in the near future. Still, the Tigers would much prefer to have Nathan bounce back.
May 31 - 1:43 AM

Joba Chamberlain (ankle) is available Monday.

Chamberlain was forced from an appearance on Sunday after suffering a bruised right ankle while covering first base. He has a 3.10 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season out of the Tigers' bullpen.
May 26 - 1:45 PM

Joba Chamberlain was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Rangers in the eighth inning with a bruised right ankle.

He sustained the injury covering first base on a ground ball to the right side of the infield. He's considered day-to-day.
May 25 - 4:45 PM

Joba Chamberlain was removed from the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Rangers due to an apparent injury.

Joba came up limping after covering first base on a ground ball in the inning, and shortly afterwards departed with the training staff. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
May 25 - 4:25 PM

Joba Chamberlain picked up his first save of the season, recording the final out of the game as the Tigers beat the White Sox on Tuesday.

Phil Coke got into some trouble, entering the ninth inning with a five-run lead. Chamberlain walked Dayan Viciedo, then got Alexei Ramirez to line out for the 27th and final out of the game for the save. It's his first save since April 27 last season and the sixth of his career. Closer Joe Nathan, who has struggled lately with a self-described "dead arm", warmed up but was not needed.
Apr 22 - 11:57 PM

Joba Chamberlain's fastball velocity was in the 89-91 mph range on Thursday against the Braves.

It's early in camp and still a bit cold in Florida, so it's hard to make much of the poor velocity at this point. Chamberlain recorded a strikeout and worked around a base hit in his one scoreless inning of work. He averaged 94.6 mph on his fastball in 2013 -- his final season with the Yankees.
Feb 27 - 2:26 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Saturday that Joba Chamberlain will compete with Bruce Rondon to begin the season as the team's primary setup man in front of closer Joe Nathan.

Ausmus would prefer to keep one person in that role instead of sharing the eighth inning, and hopes that one of the duo will step up and claim it as their own this spring. With a 39-year-old closer, whoever finds himself second in line for saves in the Tigers bullpen could be an attractive draft target for those speculating on saves.
Feb 22 - 1:34 PM

Joba Chamberlain has lost 15 pounds over the offseason after beginning a new nutrition program.

The program involves eating a lot of fish, something Chamberlain said he'd tried "maybe three times in my life" before his new diet. "I’m from Nebraska," he said. "We don’t have fish in Nebraska." Chamberlain inked a $2.5 million deal over the winter and will be used to help set up for Joe Nathan.
Jan 26 - 9:55 AM

Tigers signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Chamberlain has passed a physical, making the deal official. The 28-year-old right-hander had an ugly 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this past season, but he's still only 28 and throws very hard. He'll help set up for Joe Nathan.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:07:00 AM

Joba Chamberlain's one-year deal with the Tigers is worth $2.5 million, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

Chamberlain could earn more with performance-bonuses. While the 28-year-old right-hander has seen his career go off course since he burst onto the scene in 2007 and 2008, the Tigers are willing to gamble on a turnaround. It's not a bad gamble at this price, though it might have been a better bet to bring back Jose Veras rather than turn down his $4 million option.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 01:50:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers will sign free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain.

No word on the terms involved. Chamberlain had an ugly 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this past season, but he's still only 28 years old and hasn't lost any velocity. The Tigers will hope that a change of scenery will do him some good.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 01:37:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Tigers have "serious interest" in signing reliever Joba Chamberlain.

The Tigers are in the market for relief help and appear willing to take a chance on Chamberlain after his career fizzled out in New York. The 28-year-old posted a rough 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio in 42 innings this past season. The Astros, Indians, Tigers, Rockies, Cubs and Royals have also been mentioned as possible landing spots this winter.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Tigers could be a landing spot for free agent Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain is looking to rebound with a change of scenery after flaming out with the Yankees. The Tigers, in search of relief help, would make sense. Chamberlain has a 4.25 ERA since moving to the bullpen at the start of 2010, averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Even Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have interest in Joba Chamberlain.

It's also been reported that the Indians, Tigers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Cubs and Royals have interest in the enigmatic reliever. Chamberlain has had trouble staying healthy and has posted a 4.74 ERA over the last two seasons, but he'd be an interesting buy-low candidate for the Astros.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 08:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Ezequiel Carrera
2Rajai Davis
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Joel Hanrahan
9Bruce Rondon
10Luke Putkonen