(NEW YORK) — After working his way back from Tommy John surgery, New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain will now have to overcome another potentially devastating injury. Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation of his right ankle while playing with his son on a trampoline-like structure.
Chamberlain had surgery Thursday night and will remain hospitalized over the next several days. According to ESPN medical analyst Michael Kaplan, Chamberlain’s injury is so severe that he will likely miss the entire 2012 season so he can fully recover. He will need to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process that includes range-of-motion and strengthening exercises.
“As we understand, they were at, they have these kid places where you jump on trampolines and stuff like that,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
Chamberlain burst onto the scene as a dominant reliever during the 2007 season, but struggled to regain his form after a stint in the team’s starting rotation. He appeared in 27 games during the 2011 season, going 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA.
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Jill Martin, CNN