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UPDATE: Joba Chamberlain will be released from the hospital Sunday

Mar 24, 2012, 4:27 PM EST

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UPDATE: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Chamberlain will be released from the hospital tomorrow, which indicates that no infections have developed.

Furthermore, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that no microfractures were found in the ankle and that Chamberlain will be in a cast for the next six weeks. It’s still early, but these are some very encouraging signs that he’ll be able to resume his playing career, perhaps as soon as this season.

4:15 PM: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com this morning that Joba Chamberlain could be released from the hospital as soon as today.

Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation of of his right ankle Thursday while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son. There is concern that he could develop an infection immediately following surgery, so it would be a positive sign if he is released this soon. But results of a CT scan and an MRI aren’t yet known.

Chamberlain also told Cashman that doctors think he could be back on the mound by July if all goes well. But again, it’s much too soon to tell.

“He was hopeful that he could be back on the mound by July, is what he said that they had told him,” said Cashman, who visited Chamberlain in the hospital Friday afternoon. “That’s what he told me the doctors are telling him.

“That’s the optimistic side, but I’m only getting that from Joba,” Cashman added. “I don’t think anybody can tell anybody directly right now anything on that.”

It seems almost trivial to discuss Chamberlain’s chances of pitching this season, but even assuming that he doesn’t have any complications with the ankle, the injury pushes back his rehab from Tommy John surgery. He faces some pretty long odds. And because he’s arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, there’s a chance that he has already thrown his final pitch in a Yankees’ uniform.

  1. kjt929 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Get well joba

  2. yankeesgameday - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Whether or not he pitches again I am just glad he is okay.

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Very, very good news for Joba and his family. How he progresses over the next 4, 6 or 8 weeks will give the Yankees a good idea what both the balance of season and his future is in baseball and with the Yankees. We all wish him the very best of luck.

    And please Joba for your own well being stay off of trampolines in the future.

  4. cur68 - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Really pleased to hear this. He’s very lucky this wasn’t worse. Here’s hoping he’s pitching for the Yankees before the season is over (there’s some optimism for ya! Probably wont’ see him till 2013, but I’d love to be wrong). He’s due a bounce back, though. Good luck, Joba.

    • cogitobaseballergosum - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Not sure “bounce back” is the phrase I’d use….

      • cur68 - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM

        A small pun, but well intended. Also, how much you want to bet he’s getting about 6 zillion like comments from family, teammates & friends? Laughter IS some of the best medicine.

  5. randygnyc - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    First reports were that he was in jeopardy of first losing his foot, career or even his life. all this now, is good news.

  6. racksie - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Just googled this: Dang!——- open dislocation
    n.
    A dislocation complicated by a wound opening from the surface down to the affected joint. Also called compound dislocation.

    I feel for Joba, but his kid might never be the same after seeing that. Just, wow.

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