Yankees hurler Joba Chamberlain is making progress in his recovery from June's Tommy John surgery -- the right-hander made 15 throws off a half-mound today at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, according to MLB.com.
In his second throwing session since last year's surgery, Chamberlain told the Associated Press he was "happy with the progress and feeling good" after throwing off the five-inch mound. Chamberlain is unlikely to return to the Yankees by Opening Day but conservatively expected to be back before the All-Star break.
Chamberlain last appeared for the Yankees on June 5, 2011. He went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 28.2 innings of work last season. The rest of the Yankees' pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for spring training on Feb. 19.