New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain had surgery last night to repair a dislocated right ankle after injuring it on a trampoline with his son, the team said on its Web site.
The injury was described as an open dislocation, which is similar to a compound fracture because the bone protrudes from the skin.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said the accident happened last night at a children’s center with athletic activities including trampolines. He told ESPN that it was a significant injury and that Chamberlain, 26, would be in the hospital several days.
The injury is the most recent setback to a pitcher whose fastball so impressed the Yankees during his rookie season in 2007 that the team created so-called Joba Rules to prevent manager Joe Torre from overusing him. In one stretch that year, Chamberlain gave up one earned run in 24 innings.
Later that season during playoff game against the Cleveland Indians, Chamberlain lost his composure when a swarm of midges, a gnat-type insect, descended upon the field. The Yankees were ahead 1-0 during the eighth inning at the time, and Chamberlain threw two wild pitches and gave up the tying run. The Indians won 2-1 in 11 innings, and defeated the Yankees in the series.
The following year, Chamberlain was arrested in 2008 and charged with driving under the influence in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Chamberlain’s ankle was repaired last night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Manager Joe Girardi was at the hospital this morning and Cashman is scheduled to visit this afternoon, ESPN reported.
There is no timetable for Chamberlain’s return. The relief pitcher, who will be paid $1.7 million this year, can become a free agent after the 2013 season.
In five seasons with the Yankees, Chamberlain has a 20-13 record with an earned run average of 3.70.
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