Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 3/25/12

Earlier this week, New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain suffered a nasty open dislocation of his right ankle while playing with his son on a trampoline at a recreation center. The injury led to massive blood loss and reports were that it actually threatened the life of the hard-throwing righty.

Joba received the medical attention that he needed which included immediate surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, FL. A CT scan showed that there was no microfracture, which is great news for Chamberlain and the Yankees. The words career-threatening were being thrown around once everyone knew that his life was no longer in danger. GM Brian Cashman does not expect to see Chamberlain back on the mound this season, but doctor’s have told the reliever that he could return to the rubber in July.

“He was saying he could be back on the mound in July, that’s what the doctors are telling him,” said Cashman, who visited Chamberlain at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Friday. “That’s the optimistic side.”

“As any orthopedic [surgeon] will tell you, you have to go through the whole spectrum,” he said.

When Joba is released from the hospital, he will remain in a cast for 6 weeks before his next evaluation to see if things have healed properly. If they have, he will be able to begin a rehab process in an effort to return to the mound. However, he may not be able to participate in any weight-bearing activity upwards of 3 months, which would put any return to the mound this season in doubt. Joba is still over-coming Tommy John surgery, which cut short his 2011 campaign, so this injury would be a setback to that recovery as well. His right ankle is from his push-off leg, which helps Joba create tremendous velocity when he pitches. He will need to strengthen that as much as ever to return to the mound. Inactivity will not agree with Chamberlain, who has dealt with weight issues throughout this playing career.

Joba signed a release to participate in the activity with his son, so he wasn’t participating in anything that would have been a breech of contract. When asked about the incident and if this would lead to any changes from the Yankees, Cashman responded that it would difficult telling players “not to be a father.”

H/T NY Post

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