Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain Undergoes Surgery; No Timetable For Return

Chamberlain Lost 'Life-Threatening' Amount Of Blood

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain could be be released from the hospital today after undergoing surgery on Thursday for a dislocated right ankle.

The 26-year-old right-hander told Yankees general manager Brian Cashman that doctors said he could step on a mound by July, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported on Saturday.

The bone broke through the skin during the dislocation, and Chamberlain is awaiting results of an MRI exam.

Mike Francesa received more details during Friday’s show.  He read a Daily News report to his audience on-air, “The ankle injury was so severe, the bone came through the skin.  He lost so much blood, there was initially concern for his life.”

“The bone was sticking out of his ankle and he was bleeding so profusely that the paramedics were worrying that he was losing too much blood, too quickly before they could get him to the hospital.  It seems like they have the blood situation stabilized.  Now we know Joba has a very long recovery,” Francesa said.

“We send our best,” Francesa concluded.

Chamberlain suffered the injury in a trampoline-related accident with his son in the Tampa-area. The injury is said to be significant, according to Cashman.

“He’s facing a lot right now,” Cashman said. “I can’t tell you, really, anything more than something unfortunate happened.”

Listen: Joe and Evan speak with Sweeny Murti to discuss Joba’s injury and his future.

The injury is a major setback for the Nebraska native, who was progressing extremely well following Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

After signing a one-year, $1,675,000 contract with the Yankees in January, the ex-starter was expected to return in June. His season is now in serious doubt, meaning that he may have pitched his last game with the Bombers.

When asked if the injury could threaten the reliever’s career, Cashman said: “I’m not in 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.”

Chamberlain went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 27 relief appearances last season before elbow surgery on June 16. He had been expected to rejoin the Yankees this season, possibly before the All-Star break.

“From the baseball stuff, he was doing great,” Cashman said. “I feel bad because I know how much he loves his game, and how much he was looking forward to coming back ahead of schedule. It’s clearly derailed that, but what more does that mean, I don’t know. A lot of things must be running through his mind.”

Cashman said Chamberlain’s son, Karter was not hurt.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Chamberlain on Friday. Cashman, who was informed about the injury Thursday night while the Yankees were playing a night game in Fort Myers against Boston, was planning to stop at the hospital later Friday.

Will Joba ever live up to his once sky-high expectations? Share your thoughts below

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  • carla of red sox nation

    this member of red sox nation wishes him a good recovery. i work in health care and this was a bad injury. i feel bad for his kid who saw this and, no matter how people tried to shield him, could sense the heightened amount of concern with the bleeding. there probably is some kind of clause in the contract about what is and is not acceptable activity. his clearance to return won’t just be based on an orthopedic surgeon, but no doubt a vascular surgeon as well.

  • http://canesgiants.wordpress.com canesgiants

    feel bad for his kid havign to witness that–sounds nasty


    It started with the flies in Cleveland, then a big paycheck to match his big head, big gut and poor work ethic. Dont forget the Joba Rules messed up his arm….or was it the use/misuse of him? All hype, but nothing more than a flash in the pan. Time and time again this story shows up in slightly different forms. You’d think GM’s in sports would learn…your stud better have a track record before he gets paid and turns into a dud! Incentive-based contracts? Why is this so rare in sports? Why would you risk a career over a playground, pick-up basketball, or anything risky?

  • El Duque

    Rumor has it, once this story comes out it’ll make Pete Rose look like a hero

  • AC

    I really do feel bad for the guy, sounds like a bad injury.
    However it has to be said: What an a**hole.

  • Roger Schur

    There needs to be clauses in professional althetes contracts stating plenalties for injuries incurred; not in the line of duty….like being cut without pay!!!! Hopefully that will send a message to other athletes in all sports that you must be cognazant of the consequences of jerking around on trampolines, motorcycles….and flying lessons!

    My condolences to Joba and the Yankee organization.

  • http://canesgiants.wordpress.com canesgiants

    yeah what an idiot for being a good dad and playing with his kid. u people are a joke. just because u send checks doesnt make u a parent

  • Elmo33

    Typical Hillbilly.!

  • Demetri

    He has never been the same since those damn nats in Cleveland!

    • Dp

      It’s Gnat…..

      I have a friend Nat Bernbaum….. Spells it N…A….T

      • jackie gleason


      • StevEvil Empire

        Grammar Nazi! LOL~

      • JWB

        and awaaaaaay we go.

  • Back to Nebraska

    Good. Are we rid of him yet? What a disaster this guy has been. Fame went right to his head and now he’s turning back into a nobody. Go play Nebraska Baseball again and see how you do there first.

  • CT Native

    What anidiot for jeopardizing a fat paycheck!

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