Thursday, March 29, 2012
Joba Chamberlain Ankle Injury
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was playing with his son on a trampoline when he dislocated his right ankle last Thursday. It is unknown if Chamberlain was on the trampoline when the injury happened. New York's bullpen is looking like the walking wounded after David Robertson got a bone bruise tripping up stairs while moving boxes.
There is no timetable for Chamberlain's return to the game. The 6 foot 2, 240 pound righty pitcher had been recooperating from elbow ligament replacement surgery and wasn't expected to return until June or July anyway. Bone broke through the skin during the dislocation.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Chamberlain had surgery and would be in the hospital for several days. When asked if this injury would threaten Chamberlain's career, Cashman replied: I'm not in a position to say. Right now it's too early for that. He's in very good hands. He's a healer. He's a tough guy."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about the injury, "My guess is he landed funny." He went to see Chamberlain at the hospital on Friday morning and both of them got "a little emotional. I wanted to see how he was doing. You know it's crushing. I just told him, we're going to be here for him, we're going to get you through this and we're going to get you back on the mound. But you're going to go through some difficult times. You can only look forward. You've got to look forward. You can't look at 'what if?' You can see the disappointment, there's no doubting that."
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Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
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