This is a real shame. After a couple straight years thrown off by injuries and poor performance, the Yankees were hoping to get Joba Chamberlain fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and back in the bullpen this season. Jack Curry of YES reports that Chamberlain's comeback has hit another pretty major snag:
Joba Chamberlain dislocated right ankle yesterday and had surgery last night. Cashman called it a significant injury.
The injury is described as an "open dislocation" and occurred while playing with his son on some sort of trampoline apparatus at a children's recreation facility.
First of all, if you don't know what an "open dislocation" is, don't look it up. A Twitter friend of mine specifically said not to, but I did anyway, and regretted it immediately. So you don't have to look, I'll just tell you: An "open" dislocation is the same as a "compound" injury, meaning the bone penetrated the skin around it. Chamberlain's ankle pretty much exploded. One just hopes that Joba's poor son (who Curry notes was not injured himself) is feeling all right after seeing his dad in that kind of condition.
And while Brian Cashman expressed some feeling that Chamberlain's injury wouldn't be career-threatening, it does sound like he's in pretty rough shape. He's going to be in the hospital for a few days, and there's no timetable for his recovery just yet, which is to be expected just hours after somebody goes through "putting-ankle-bones-back-inside-leg" surgery.
Meanwhile, this news comes just two weeks after David Robertson gave the Yankees a fright by falling down some stairs. As Pinstripe Alley mentions, the Yankee bullpen is deep and talented enough to weather a few injuries, but still — be careful, guys. We can't tell you not to carry stuff down stairs or bounce on bouncy castles with your children, but please do so with caution. There is no quota that needs to be met for freak spring training accidents. Just keep track of them limbs at all times. You're scaring us.