Joba has surgery on dislocated ankle; could be out for season

Via MLB.com’s Adam Berry in Tampa:

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain underwent surgery Thursday night for an open dislocation in his right ankle, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday morning.

Chamberlain, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday night and will remain there for “at least a number of days,” Cashman said.

Cashman was not aware of all the details of Chamberlain’s injury but described it as “very significant.” He said it occurred some time Thursday while Chamberlain was out in the Tampa area with his son and believed the incident involved Chamberlain jumping on a trampoline.

Cashman couldn’t say how long the injury will keep Chamberlain off the field. When asked if it was a career-threatening situation, Cashman replied, “I’d like to say no.”

“I feel bad because I know how much he loves this game, and I know how much he was looking forward to coming back ahead of schedule,” Cashman said. “This is just an unfortunate accident that’s clearly derailed that. What more does this mean? I don’t know.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Chamberlain in the hospital Friday morning, and Cashman said he would visit him later Friday, after Chamberlain undergoes and MRI and CT scan.

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The reason no one’s slating him for letting his kid on the trampoline is one of basic physics – unless Joba’s kid is some sort of freak of nature, he isn’t gonna be 6ft 2 & weigh “240”lbs! (weight used under advisement – i’m 200lbs and some considerable distance shorter than Joba is at just under 5ft 7) Trampolines are designed for gymnasts, at the risk of sounding sexist, they’re meant for petite girls who make me look like a giant & weigh as much as one of my shoes OR professionally trained male gymnasts, who might be 6ft+ but they sure as guns aint 240lbs! Those trampolines are in every third back garden here in Scotland, dunno about in the US but they’re soley designed for KIDS – not adults. As the report from baseball digest says, they’re also pretty dangerous things, 20 years ago when i was a kid stuff like that was part of growing up – now health & safety rules pretty much say they’re lethal! Truth is Joba knows he screwed up & knows that he probably went against a clause in his contract which forbids activities where significant risk exists – there’s little point in reminding him of that. I know the guy shoots balls of fire from his hands but there has to come a point where someone has to take him to the side, take the kid gloves off and say “time to grow up” – he’s 26 years old, that’s old enough to understand the point i made that those things aren’t for guys like him and that the Yankees could potentially drop him like a bad habit! Now i don’t see Cashman doing that, but lets be fair, i wouldn’t want to see it turn into a case where we have “Joba being Joba” here – not like it’s the first time he’s done something dumb is it!

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Joba’s Injury a Result of Carelessness and Stupidity, Not Bad Luck
by Mike Silva.

http://nybaseballdigest.com/2012/03/23/jobas-injury-a-result-of-carelessness-and-stupidity-not-bad-luck/

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“The moralizing of the injury was inevitable. People are calling Joba stupid and reckless and while he obviously made a mistake, the guy’s biggest crime was wanting to play with his kid. If trampolines are so dangerous, how come no one is getting upset that he put his five-year-old son in danger?” – Mike Axisa (RAB)

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Robert: if we eliminated all the “perceived” insults on this blog there wouldn’t be a lot left. I’m not trying to be insulting but the last time I blogged about Roberston there were these comments from people saying that professional athletes have to live normal lives etc. But jumping on a trampoline recovering from Tommy John surgery and on your way back to recovery and possibly able to help your team as early as June after having missed a lot of time? Not smart at best I wouldn’t say. Is he prepared to forfeit any of his salary I wonder?

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Blah, blah, blah was part of the trigger for the last big blow-up on this blog which you may have missed. Please avoid using it. The smart thing is to keep anything that may be inflammatory out of our comments. If we eliminate all of the perceived insults we stand a better chance of rebuilding some volume here!

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definately a move for the Darwin Awards council to consider!

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Hey Allan,
Yes, at this point it sounds kind of dumb and it’s doubtful more details will change that!

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Sorry but that’s a very serious mistake to make – he shouldn’t have been on that trampoline after Tommy John surgery anyway, but given the inherent risks he shouldn’t be on a trampoline anyway!

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This could make Aardsma a factor!

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What’s with this? Robertson falls down stairs. Joba breaks ankle on trampoline. These are high priced professional athletes. Joba not only won’t be backin the bullpen but he’s tying up good salary cap money that could have been used elsewhere. I know accidents happen but come on. Two guys with home accidents in a month? Were they on the kool aid or what? If Joba is lost for the season I would venture to say his career is probably over. The Yankees will pobably trade him when they can and he’ll get lost in the shuffle. Too bad but these guys need to be more careful. Yeh, we’ll get blogs now from those who say, “Hey, they have to live normal lives and play with their kids….blah blah blah” You can’t do risky physical things if you’re getting over Tommy John surgery and a team is paying you big bucks and need you back on the field. Anyway, someone else will have to step up. Maybe Phelps who has had a good spring or Warren?

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Hey Bob, let’s lay off the blah, blah, blah insults shall we?

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Forget this guy. He’s a walking drama king. If it’s not one thing it’s something else. Time to move on, he had his 15 minutes of fame a few years ago.

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First I hope for a full recovery and all the best to Joba. But I’m so p’off at him for doing something so stupid!!!

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