In relatively bad news, relief pitcher and former 2007 superstar Joba Chamberlain dislocated his ankle last night playing on a trampoline with his son, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Reports say he already had the necessary surgery to repair it and now it's a matter of time before we'll see him back on the mound.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has deemed it a "significant injury" and said that it was an "open dislocation".
The following is a tweet from Jack Curry about the severity of the injury:
When Cashman was asked if Jobas injury was career threatening, he said, "I'd'like to say no. My heart and my gut tell me no."
Chamberlain appeared in 27 games last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery to correct his pitching elbow.
Unfortunately, as of now, there is no timetable set for his return.
The only good news is that the Yankees already have one of the strongest bullpens in major league baseball with Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera. We also witnessed them handle Chamberlain's absence in 2011 very well and know that they're capable of overcoming another few months without him. Needless to say, the loss still hurts.
We'll have updates throughout the course of the day (or as we get them) on just how serious the injury is.
By the way, how in the world does one dislocate their ankle on a trampoline...? Is this one of the more bizarre ways a player has gotten injured?