After Joba Chamberlain‘s trampoline injury to trump all trampoline injuries, there was much doubt as to whether the Yankees pitcher would be able to pitch this season or even again in his career. Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation and torn ligaments in his right ankle while playing with his son. And while examinations revealed no microfractures, doctors are still keeping an eye on whether any infections develop. Meanwhile, the Yankees are remaining optimistic (perhaps overly optimistic) that Chamberlain can return to pitching in July at the earliest.
“That’s the optimistic side,” Yanks GM Brian Cashman said Saturday, according to MLB.com. “The way I work this stuff, my mindset is, until they’re close to knocking on the door, I [don't worry about it]. Obviously, in Joba’s case, it’s still a question of when he comes back. I just hope we’re in a position where he can come back.”
Manager Joe Girardi has a more hopeful tone.
“Well, if you’re talking July 1 to July 15 to July 25,