BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox waves to the crowd after being taken out of the game during the seventh inning of the interleague game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park on June 24, 2012 in Boston, …
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain says he's received a text message from new teammate Kevin Youkilis and hopes whatever tension existed between the two is past.
When the Yankees played the Red Sox, Chamberlain and Youkilis feuded over inside fastballs. After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees in December, the pitcher left him a voice mail. Chamberlain said in January that he had not heard back, but said Tuesday he had received a text.
"It's one of those things where people made it a bigger deal than it was," Chamberlain said after working out at the Yankees' minor league complex. "There's nothing to it. There's nothing between us. I'm glad to have him on our side. We're two grown men. We're playing on the same team. Our one goal is to win."
A three-time All-Star, Youkilis takes over at third base from Alex Rodriguez, expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break following hip surgery.
"I would rather, me, knock it out and get it out of the way," Chamberlain said. "Let him do his business. Focus on playing. He's going to have questions enough of filling Alex's shoes, and this, that and other things."
Chamberlain, who started last season on the disabled list because of elbow-ligament replacement surgery and a broken ankle, threw 31 pitches during his initial outdoor bullpen session. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
"It's been a great offseason just to be able to workout, play catch, and have no limitations," Chamberlain said.
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