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Joba Chamberlain Has Surgery After Suffering Career-Threatening Injury

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Joba Chamberlain Has Surgery After Suffering Career-Threatening Injury
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Joba Chamberlain's rocky road back to the New York Yankees took a big hit on Thursday when he dislocated his right ankle playing with his son, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network

In fact, the injury was so severe that Chamberlain lost a life-threatening amount of blood, according to the New York Daily News

Joba Chamberlain lost so much blood Thursday when he hurt his ankle while playing with his son that there initially was concern for his life, a Yankees' source said.

At the very least, the gruesome open dislocation of Chamberlain's right ankle could be career-threatening and probably will preclude Chamberlain from pitching for the Yankees this season.

Curry also reported that Chamberlain had surgery to repair the injury and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman did not sound too enthused about what happened. 

The bad news did not stop there, as Curry later followed up with more information about the injury. 

An open dislocation means that the bone was coming through the skin. 

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Chamberlain's once-promising career now looks to be more in doubt than ever before. He was trying to make his way back from Tommy John surgery performed last June. 

This is a significant setback for Chamberlain and a big loss for the Yankees. Obviously, it is too soon to tell how long he will be out, but it would be a surprise if he pitched this year. 

Even though he wasn't dominating hitters the way he did when he was called up in 2007, Chamberlain had finally gotten back to being a quality setup man in the back end of a bullpen. 

At just 26 years old, Chamberlain's future as a Major League Baseball player looks as bleak as it ever has. 

 

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