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Joba Chamberlain diagnosed with right elbow contusion; X-rays negative

Oct 11, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of, X-rays on Chamberlain’s elbow came back negative. The Yankees are calling it a right elbow contusion for now and he’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow.

11:28 PM ET: Joba Chamberlain was forced to exit Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles in the top of the 12th inning tonight after he was hit in the right elbow by a piece of a broken bat.

Matt Wieters broke his bat when he punched a leadoff single into shallow left field. The head of the bat flew in the direction of Chamberlain, who was caught off guard. He threw a few warm-up pitches in attempt to stay in the game, but the Yankees decided to play things safe and bring him out. David Phelps replaced him and is trying to keep the game tied at 1-1.

Of course, Chamberlain didn’t make his season debut this year until August 1 following Tommy John surgery and an ankle dislocation. This just hasn’t been his year.

  1. hushbrother - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Joba’s the most snakebitten pitcher I’ve ever seen. Or rather, the most Cleveland midge-bitten pitcher.

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      If someone came up to me and told me Joba Chamberlain was attacked by a polar bear while strolling on the boardwalk in South Beach, I’d say, “hmm…yeah, that sounds about right,” and carry on with my day.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    “Contusion” is to “bruise” much like “narrative” is to “storyline”.

    Contusing anyone who plays the “narrative” card should be socially accepted behavior.

    • Old Gator - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      “Contusion” is to “bruise” much like “narrative” is to “storyline”.

      I – I – I remember it all now! This is wonderful! That was an example in my SAT workbook forty seven years ago!

  3. billgatesbarber - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Did he by any chance pick up the broken bat and throw it at Wieters claiming he thought it was the ball?

  4. osnation - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Class act by Wieters to yell out to Joba to get him to look over his shoulder. Hope Joba can get back soon

    • bbil2012 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      And very classy of Joba as well to not pick up the piece of broken bat and hurl it at Weiters as we have seen done before in the heat of playoff battle.

  5. osnation - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Class act by Wieters to yell out to Joba to get him to look over his shoulder. Hope Joba can get back soon

  6. takingbovadasmoney - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Hit by a broken bat and has a contusion? Really? Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard

    • Old Gator - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      Will the real Dr. Fetterman please report to neurosurgery immediately!

  7. freeagentsignee - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    I agree DJ.
    Get well Joba!

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