Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees reacts after giving up two runs against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
7 Total Updates since March 23, 2012
10 months ago Update 0 comments
The New York Yankees traded Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Casey McGehee before the trading deadline Tuesday. That left a hole in their bullpen… which is being filled by a very familiar face:
Joba was expected to be out this long just from Tommy John surgery; then he suffered an ankle injury jumping on a trampoline with his son that was at first thought to be career-threatening.
Joba made seven appearances on rehab assignment, throwing 9⅓ innings, allowing just four hits, one walk and one earned run, with 10 strikeouts. Rehab appearances don’t always tell the whole story, but that’s pretty dominant. The Yankees have been looking to upgrade their pen, and this might be the best move they could have made.
11 months ago Update 1 comment
When Joba Chamberlain injured his ankle during a freak trampoline accident, it looked like he'd miss most of the 2012 season, if not all of it. But the right-hander -- who was already rehabbing from Tommy John surgery -- is coming along quickly.
Joba Chamberlain's line today in Bradenton: 1 IP, 0 hits, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 unearned run. 23 pitches. His fastball topped out at 97— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) July 10, 2012
That would be the Gulf Coast League Yankees against the Gulf Coast League Pirates, so it isn't the highest-possible competition, but the important details are that he threw a baseball in some capacity, and he threw it hard. That's unquestionably good news.
The Yankees' bullpen has been beset with injuries this year, as they've lost both Mariano Rivera and David Robertson in addition to Joba. But they don't care. They never care. They're always good. Just give up. They're always good.
11 months ago Update 0 comments
Joba Chamberlain was expected to be out much of, if not all of, this year after a trampoline accident which was considered life-threatening.
Monday, though, he edged closer to getting into game action. ESPN New York:
The New York Yankees reliever said he is scheduled to throw in a simulated game on Friday. Chamberlain threw a pair of 20-pitch segments Monday during his third batting practice session at the team’s minor league complex.
Chamberlain also took part in defensive drills, with New York manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild watching. The Yankees are in Florida for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees aren’t rushing Chamberlain, but at the same time, they could use some bullpen help after a ninth-inning meltdown against the White Sox last Thursday. If Chamberlain is healthy, he could be pitching in minor-league games soon.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
Joba Chamberlain is rehabbing from two injuries: Tommy John surgery and a scary accident in which he injured his ankle on a trampoline.
Friday, he threw pitches off a mound for the first time since those injuries. ESPN New York:
Chamberlain made 25 throws in a batting cage at the Yankees’ minor league complex. He had been throwing off a half-height mound to help regain his form.
“It felt good,” Chamberlain said. “Another step forward. That’s all you can do.”
Throwing pitches in a batting cage in a minor-league complex is pretty far from throwing pitches in a major-league game. Still, it’s much farther along in the rehab than anyone expected Joba to be at this point. And he’s optimistic about the future:
Chamberlain says he will pitch this season.
“Is that even a question?” he said.
He seems pretty determined. I wouldn’t count a tough competitor like Joba out.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain had Tommy John surgery last year, and then during spring training, he suffered a freak ankle injury while on a trampoline with his son, just as he was beginning the rehab program for the elbow injury.
Following this so far? The ankle injury was so severe that Joba was to stay off of any “weight-bearing activity” for three months; that period wouldn’t end until the end of this month.
Now, though, he appears to be ahead of that schedule:
Chamberlain threw off a modified pitcher’s mound Saturday at the team’s complex in Tampa, Fla., a sign that he is at least progressing in his attempt to overcome the freak accident that injured his ankle and delayed his rehab for Tommy John surgery.
That went well enough that Joba himself tweeted this Thursday morning:
Update for everyone!Bullpen tomorrow, 1 step closer!!Thank u for all the support!!
— Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_62) June 7, 2012
Presumably, if that goes well, pitching in simulated games or a rehab assignment might be close. It might not be beyond the realm of possibility that Joba could be back in a Yankees uniform after the All-Star break.
about 1 year ago Update 0 comments
Joba just released from hospital, according to person there. Came out in wheelchair. Said “good” when asked how he’s doing.
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) March 25, 2012
That’s the good news. Here’s the bad:
#Joba getting out of St. Joe’s Hosp today. Six weeks in cast. No weight on ankle. A boot after that. Long road back. Still good news
— Jeff Bradley (@JerseyJBradley) March 25, 2012
Chamberlain and the team are both optimistic that he could return sometime this summer, according to the New York Post, but given the fact that he was still coming back from Tommy John surgery, that seems optimistic:
Doctors have said he will not be able to do any weight-bearing activity for anywhere from six weeks to three months, which also will impact his recovery from Tommy John surgery he had last year.
about 1 year ago Update 0 comments
The New York Daily News has more on the Joba Chamberlain injury, and while trampoline-related injuries sound like things that would be narrated by Bob Saget, this particular one was was incredibly awful.
Joba Chamberlain lost so much blood Thursday when he hurt his ankle while playing with his son that there initially was concern for his life, a Yankees' source said.
At the very least, the gruesome open dislocation of Chamberlain's right ankle could be career-threatening and probably will preclude Chamberlain from pitching for the Yankees this season.
Chamberlain underwent surgery on Friday morning to repair the ankle. The Daily News quoted a Dr. Stephen Weinfeld in the article who brought up the dreaded Joe Theismann comparison, long the standard for a gruesome, bone-revealing sports injury.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that he'd "like to say" it wasn't a career-ending injury, but he didn't have enough information or expertise to say for sure. Dr. Weinfeld says that the injury isn't just career-threatening, but "limb-threatening," though that's an unlikely scenario. Horrific stuff, to be sure.