Chamberlain Dislocates Ankle and Undergoes Surgery
TAMPA, Fla. — Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees’ charismatic relief pitcher whose career has gone through a variety of peaks and valleys, sustained an ankle injury Thursday afternoon that required surgery, General Manager Brian Cashman said, casting his season, if not his career, in doubt.
Cashman said Friday morning that Chamberlain, who had been rehabbing from elbow surgery, was playing with his kindergarten-age son at a children’s play facility in Tampa and sustained an open dislocation of his right ankle, with the bone protruding through the skin.
Chamberlain was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where surgery was performed Thursday night. the Yankees provided no time frame for Chamberlain’s return, but it is possible he could be out for the entire season, if not longer.
“He suffered a very significant injury,” Cashman said.
An open dislocation is commonly described as a joint displacement accompanied by a break of the skin. More tests were expected to be done on Chamberlain’s ankle to determine whether he also broke a bone.
Cashman said he could not provide a time frame for Chamberlain’s recovery because he had no previous experience with it. asked if he thought it was a career-threatening injury, Cashman said, “I’m not in a position to say.”
He also was not certain how Chamberlain was injured, but he believed that he was playing on a trampoline or similar equipment with his son, who he said was not injured.
Chamberlain, 26, has been out since last June after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. he had been progressing well from that injury, and the Yankees raved about his strenuous efforts the last several months to come back from the surgery. “I feel for him as an individual, him as a member of our family,” Cashman said. “We care a great deal about him.”
Chamberlain broke into the major leagues to great fanfare and debate in 2007 and has gone 20-13 with a 3.70 earned run average in 193 games, including 43 starts. In 2010 he was converted to a reliever for good and pitched in 73 games out of the bullpen, saving 3 and finishing 18. last year, before his elbow surgery, he was 2-0 with a 2.83 E.R.A. in 27 appearances.