Joba Chamberlain Has Surgery After Suffering Career-Threatening Injury

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees reacts walking back to the dugout in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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

Cashman said Joba injured himself while playing with his son. They were jumping around on a "trampoline" of sorts.

— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 23, 2012

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. 

Joba Chamberlain dislocated right ankle yesterday and had surgery last night. Cashman called it a significant injury.

— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 23, 2012

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

Cashman said Jobas injury was an "open dislocation." He is in hospital and will be there for several days. Girardi visited him this morning

— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 23, 2012

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

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.