Yankees Will Activate Reliever Joba Chamberlain

NEW YORK — New York Yankees right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain will be activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

“That’s the intention,” general manager Brian Cashman said at a news conference announcing the Chad Qualls-for-Casey McGehee trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. “We had some conversations regarding this. I talked to my trainer today and said, ‘Hey, listen, if we trade and lose Chad Qualls, is there any medical reason that would be of concern to activate Joba starting tonight?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘OK.’ ”

Chamberlain, 26, was supposed to make another rehab appearance for Double-A Trenton. According to the Thunder’s official Twitter account, he left Waterfront Park at 4:15 p.m. ET en route to the Bronx.

Chamberlain hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since June 5, 2011. Since then, he’s undergone Tommy John surgery, an appendectomy and dislocated his right ankle and torn his right MCL.

Source: ESPN New York, Mike Mazzeo