Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/27/12

New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain denied reports saying he suffered significant blood loss and that his life was in danger after dislocating his right ankle.

He also believes that he has a "great" chance to pitch this season.

"I didn't lose a lot of blood, contrary to what people wrote and what people read," Chamberlain told ESPN New York on Tuesday. "It wasn't life-threatening. I wasn't planning on losing my foot. That was it."

Chamberlain was playing with his 5-year-old son, Karter, at a children's facility. The room's floor was made up entirely of trampolines.

"I didn't fall off anything," Chamblerlain said. "I just went to take off - I was jumping from one to the other, because it's like big rectangles, and that's it. I went to jump, and Karter was right behind me, and I jumped, and I felt something go.

"As soon as I landed, not unconsciously, I grabbed my leg and then I looked and I was like, 'Oh, that's not the way it should be facing.'"

Chamberlain had been making solid progress in his return from Tommy John surgery in June 2011.

The 26-year-old righthander went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 28 2/3 innings last season. He has a career mark of 20-13 in 193 games (43 starts) in parts of five seasons with New York.

As for this season, Chamberlain remains optimistic.

"Obviously, there's a lot of things that are gonna have to happen before that," Chamberlain said. "(But) I think there is a great chance that that is definitely going to happen."

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