More on Joba and other Friday notes
Adam Berry here in Tampa, pinch-hitting for Bryan Hoch.
The news of the day Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field was Joba Chamberlain’s open dislocation in his right ankle, which you can read all about here.
GM Brian Cashman broke the news to the reporters here this morning around 10 a.m., and it’s fair to say he seemed pretty shaken up about it. There wasn’t a whole lot to be said at that point, as Cashman hadn’t visited Chamberlain nor did he know a whole lot about the injury other than: 1) It sounds extremely painful, and 2) It’s unfortunate something like that happened considering how hard he had been working to get back on the mound following Tommy John surgery.
Manager Joe Girardi was a little more confident in speaking about Chamberlain after visiting with him for about 30 minutes early Friday morning, saying that he will be back at some point, though it’s still too early for anyone to know exactly when that will be.
The common thread between Cashman and Girardi is that they’re both more concerned right now about Chamberlain’s mental well-being than his physical condition — although there will be plenty of time to worry about the latter as well.
Cashman: “He’s a healer. He’s a tough guy. But at the same time, because he’s part of our family, I’m worried about him. I can’t imagine that when you’re sitting over there trying to do what you love as a professional baseball player, and he’s obviously been forced to sit out because of the Tommy John situation, and now something like this, sitting in a hospital room over there — a lot of things must be running through his mind.”
Girardi: “One of the reasons I went there was I wanted to see how he was doing. You go through the nine months and you’re ahead of everyone’s timetable because of the work you’ve put in because you’re so hungry to get back on the field, you know that it’s crushing. I just told him, ‘We’re here for you. We’re going to be here for you. We’re going to get you through this, and we’re going to get you back out on the mound. But you’re going to go through some time where it’s going to be difficult. You can only look forward. You’ve got to look forward. You’ve got to move forward, and here we go, we’re going to get better and we’re going to get healthy. We’re going to be the pitcher we’re meant to be.'”
You can read about most of the day’s other news in the notebook on Yankees.com. In there, you’ll find why Andy Pettitte is “pleasantly surprised” with how he’s pitching on the comeback trail, why Ivan Nova was untouchable for five innings but hit around a little the other two and what Girardi thought of Bobby Valentine’s remarks Thursday night.