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October 6, 2017 01:34 AM
Joba Chamberlain: Plans to retire
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain said Wednesday that he doesn't plan on pitching in the majors again, George King of the New York Post reports.

Chamberlain, who was released by the Brewers earlier in the year, will call it quits after 10 years in the majors. "No, it's time to be a dad," he told King when asked if he had one more try to get back to the big leagues in him. The 32-year-old compiled a 3.81 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and an 8.8 K/9 through 555.1 career innings.

March 22, 2017 01:56 PM
Joba Chamberlain: Released by Milwaukee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain was released by the Brewers on Wednesday.

Chamberlain, who registered a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings with the Indians last season, attended Brewers camp as a non-roster invitee, but the team couldn't find enough opportunities in Cactus League play for him to stake his claim to a bullpen spot. The 31-year-old will try to latch on with another organization, but may have to settle for a minor-league deal.

January 20, 2017 05:50 PM
Brewers' Joba Chamberlain: Agrees to deal with Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The former top prospect spent the first half of the 2016 season with the Indians, but he was designated for assignment in July after dealing with various ailments in the prior months. Chamberlain certainly isn't as highly touted as he once was, but he was able to compile a 2.25 ERA and an 8.1 K/9 during his brief time in Cleveland, so there's a chance he could land a spot in an inexperienced Milwaukee bullpen.

July 10, 2016 09:54 PM
Joba Chamberlain: Declines Triple-A assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain declined his Triple-A assignment and is now a free agent, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Chamberlain pitched 20 innings for Cleveland this season and posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. His designation was bit of a surprise after having a good season, but he'll likely find a new team before long.

July 4, 2016 04:08 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain was designated for assignment by the Indians on Monday,'s Jordan Bastian reports.

In a flurry of roster moves, Cleveland DFA'd both Chamberlain and lefty specialist Tom Gorzelanny, calling up relievers Mike Clevinger and T.J. House to take their respective spots on the 40-man roster. It's a bit surprising to see Chamberlain let go in this manner, as he had accumulated a 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 20 frames of middle relief. He had pitched in two of the last three games, however, so the need for a fresh arm prevailed.

June 8, 2016 06:50 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Activated from DL on Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Chamberlain returns to the Indians almost immediately after he was eligible to come off the disabled list. He suffered an intercostal strain in late May that landed him on the shelf, but prior to that injury, the veteran was enjoying a resurgent 2016 campaign. In 14 appearances, Chamberlain had posted a 1.93 ERA with a microscopic .86 WHIP before suffering the injury. He'll rejoin the Indians' bullpen Wednesday while Cody Anderson will be sent back down to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.

June 6, 2016 10:50 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Return will be delayed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain (ribs) won't be activated from the 15-day DL until Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Danny Salazar will be missing his start Tuesday due to shoulder fatigue, forcing the Indians to keep Cody Anderson on the roster to make the spot start. Hence, Chamberlain will need to wait another day to return to the Cleveland bullpen.

June 5, 2016 02:32 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Will be activated Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain (ribs) will be activated from the 15-day DL on Monday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Chamberlain made it through Saturday's simulated game without any apparent setbacks, so he's received clearance from team doctors to rejoin the big club. The right-hander had a 1.93 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 14 innings prior to hitting the DL.

June 4, 2016 11:48 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Simulated game could lead to activation Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain (intercostal strain) threw a simulated game Saturday and could be activated off the DL on Monday, reports.

Chamberlain's posted a 1.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 14 appearances this season and figures to step back into a mid-to-late relief role for the Indians upon his return.

May 29, 2016 10:24 AM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Bullpen session set for Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain (intercostal strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday,'s Jordan Bastian reports.

Chamberlain is progressing well from the injury, which resulted on him landing on the DL a week ago. Now that he's set to begin throwing, Chamberlain may be able to return in the 15-day minimum.

May 23, 2016 03:32 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Placed on 15-day DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain was laced on the 15-day DL on Monday with a strained left intercostal, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Chamberlain has had a great season thus far, posting a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP through 14 innings of relief for the Indians. Ryan Merritt will be called up until Chamberlain is fully healthy.

May 15, 2016 11:28 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Strikes out all four batters he faces Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain was dominant in relief Sunday, striking out all four batters he faced in a 5-1 loss to the Twins.

After recording just a 2:2 K:BB in seven April innings, Chamberlain seems to have re-discovered his old form in May, punching out 11 batters against only one walk in 5.2 frames. The 30-year-old no longer has the 95 mph fastball he flashed with the Yankees nearly a decade ago, but if he continues to rack up strikeouts, Chamberlain could find himself in higher-leverage situations in a somewhat unsettled Indians bullpen.

May 6, 2016 01:46 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Allows run in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain pitched one inning and allowed one run in Thursday's victory over Detroit.

Chamberlain has shown Cleveland that he's capable of playing brief stints out of the bullpen. His WHIP and ERA are currently 0.63 and 1.13 respectively, however he has only pitched eight innings thus far. Additionally, he hasn't shown the ability to strike out batters, as his K/9 is 4.50. Coming off a brutal 2015 campaign that ended with a 4.88 ERA and 7.94 WHIP, the Indians are likely to be patient with Chamberlain and see if he can sustain his role as an occasional contributor from the bullpen.

April 4, 2016 03:53 PM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Contract purchased by Indians on Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Indians purchased Chamberlain's contract Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

It was announced that Chamberlain would make the Opening Day roster, and this makes that official. Despite garnering a roster spot, the right-hander isn't expected to pitch in too many high-leverage innings out of Cleveland's bullpen.

March 27, 2016 01:27 AM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Will be on Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain will be on the Indians' Opening Day roster, Nick Camino of WTAM reports.

Chamberlain struggled in stints with the Tigers and Royals last season, amassing a 4.88 ERA with a 5.37 FIP over 36 appearances. He was given an invitation to the Indians' major league camp and has gotten back on track with a 3.38 ERA over eight innings of work. Chamberlain is by no means in line for a fantasy-relevant job in the bullpen, however, as Cody Allen is entrenched as the closer while Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister will be the primary options in high-leverage situations.

December 1, 2015 10:24 AM
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Agrees to a minor league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Chamberlain made appearances with the Tigers and Royals in 2015, recording a 4.88 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 27.2 innings between the two clubs. Considering the Indians seemingly lack of depth in the bullpen, the 30-year-old has a decent to open with the team out of spring training, but it's unlikely Chamberlain will be placed in enough high-leverage pitching opportunities to make him fantasy relevant.

October 29, 2015 01:29 PM
Royals' Joba Chamberlain: Will become free agent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Royals have announced that veteran reliever Joba Chamberlain will elect to become a free agent.

This seemed likely after the Royals waived him prior to the start of the World Series. Chamberlain will now have an opportunity to sign with another club during the offseason. He will likely earn a minor league contract from a bullpen-needy team, but it remains to be seen if he can gain a foothold with a major league club in 2015.

October 27, 2015 12:09 PM
Royals' Joba Chamberlain: Designated for assignment Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chamberlain was designated for assignment Tuesday.

Chamberlain made just six appearances with the Royals after the club signed him to a minor league deal in the beginning of September, posting a 7.94 ERA and 1.765 WHIP in 5.2 innings. The 30-year-old will have the opportunity to become a free agent if he so chooses, but it's unclear what kind of interest he might receive on the open market after a dismal 2015 campaign.

June 1, 2015 02:07 PM
Tigers' Ausmus: Joba Chamberlain's our eighth-inning guy
by Brandon Wise |

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said definitively on Friday Joba Chamberlain will be the team's eighth-inning reliever moving forward, according to

Chamberlain has given up just one run in his last six appearances for Detroit after having a blow up inning on May 6. 

"Obviously, being in the bullpen, you get the opportunity to be an everyday player," Chamberlain said. "So as things go, you're able to get on the bump and go after it. When you give up a few runs, you're able to get back out there the next day."

Chamberlain has a 1.38 ERA with nine strikeouts in 13 innings this season.

"Everything's going well," Chamberlain said. "We've just got to continue to work hard and, as long as these starters give us a chance, keep going deep in games. It's fun to watch those guys pitch. We've just gotta get the ball to the next guy."

June 1, 2015 02:44 PM
Tigers' Joba Chamberlain gets out of jam in win Monday
by R.J. White |

Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain was called upon in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Yankees with one out and runners on the corners, and he induced a Jacoby Ellsbury groundball that turned into a double play to get his team out of the inning in the eventual 2-1 win.

"I live for this stuff and these situations," Chamberlain said about the eighth-inning role, per "You get to face one of the best players in the league and get a chance to go do your thing."

Chamberlain threw just two pitches to rack up his two big outs Monday.

"He's had experience pitching in the eighth inning for us last year," manager Brad Ausmus said Monday. "And for the vast majority of the year he did it very well. I knew he could handle the pressure."

Chamberlain endured a rough spring but has posted 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his three appearances this season.

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