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Rehabbing Joba throws to target

Rehabbing Joba throws to target

TORONTO -- Rounding up a catcher to squat through a 25-throw game of catch is a time-tested activity suited for grassy backyards, but Joba Chamberlain adapted to the artificial turf of Rogers Centre just fine.

Continuing to return from right rotator cuff tendinitis, Chamberlain threw to a target for the first time since he left an Aug. 4 game at Arlington, tossing at 60 feet across the outfield before Thursday's game.

"I just threw a no-hitter. We're good," Chamberlain said. "It's just another day as far as something new in getting back."

The next step for Chamberlain will be getting back on a mound, which he is expected to do on Saturday in Baltimore. Chamberlain said that he will throw only fastballs and changeups in that session, and is looking forward to the change.

"It's just different being on a mound rather than just playing catch," Chamberlain said. "It's a different feeling. It will be good to see. Everything has felt good to this point."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team's plans for Chamberlain only run immediately through that bullpen session, but if the hurler bounces back with no problems on Sunday, Chamberlain would throw again next week.

Chamberlain has said that he expects to be pitching in Major League games by the first week of September, but the Yankees have been reluctant to issue a definitive time frame.

"It's just another step," Girardi said. "Obviously, if he comes out of Saturday fairly well, I think there's a good chance that he'll take the next step. That'd either be on Monday or Tuesday."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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