That doesn't mean it won't happen this year. It's just not happening any time soon. (And it was nice of the Lake Erie midges to make an appearance, swirling around the damp press box as we talk Joba).
Anyway, if you've read a few posts, you know where I stand on Joba. I'd rather see him as the 8th inning guy, in the second half. If Bruney is gone for a significant amount of time, then the decision should basically be made for the Yankees; Chamberlain goes to the pen and Wang goes into the rotation.
I believe the Yankees still don't know what the plan is for Wang, beyond leaving him in the pen. For now. If he's able to build some arm strength as a reliever, and build confidence vs. big-league hitters, so much the better.
"I don't think there's an exact science to this,'' Girardi said. I buy that. And I buy that it's unfair to make every Phil Hughes start an epic battle for his survival in the rotation. So, this is it. For now.