New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was released from a Florida hospital three days after having surgery to repair a dislocated right ankle.
Chamberlain will be in a cast for six weeks, the Yankees said in a statement on their website, while recovering from the injury sustained while he played on a trampoline with his son.
“So far, he’s been in great hands,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. “He’s been getting everything necessary. Things are going as good as can be expected, as I understand it, which is obviously terrific. Hopefully, it continues that way.”
The injury was described as an open dislocation, which is similar to a compound fracture because the bone protrudes from the skin. The 26-year-old Chamberlain’s ankle was repaired at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Chamberlain in June had a ligament replaced in his elbow in a procedure known as Tommy John surgery.
The ankle injury is the latest setback for a pitcher whose fastball impressed the Yankees so much during his 2007 rookie season that the team created rules to prevent then-manager Joe Torre from overusing him. In one stretch that year, Chamberlain gave up one earned run in 24 innings.
Later that season, during a 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.
Chamberlain was arrested in 2008 and charged with driving under the influence in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.
There’s 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.
“He’s frustrated but, at the same time, he’s a man and he knows what the road ahead is,” Cashman said. “He’s not afraid of it. I think his attitude, and I hate to speak for him, is what do I need to do to get back?”
In five seasons with the Yankees, Chamberlain has a 20-13 record with an earned run average of 3.70.
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