Joba Chamberlain had to leave the New York Yankees' loss last night to the Baltimore Orioles after being hit by the barrel of Matt Weiters' bat. Chamberlain tried to stay in the game after being hit, but the Yankees aired on the side of caution and removed him.
According to Dan Connolly of the Balitmore Sun, Chamberlain suffered a contusion from the bat.
Xrays neg on Chamberlain. Contusion to right elbow
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) October 12, 2012
Chamberlain came on in the the 11th and pitched a scoreless frame. When he returned for the 12th, a broken bat from Matt Weiters went sailing out to the pitcher's mound and struck Chamberlain on the right elbow. Chamberlain would not have seen the bat if it had not been for Weiters apparently yelling to get Chamberlain's attention. It was too late for Chamberlain to avoid the bat though. The welt on his arm from the impact was readily visible on television cameras.
Although Chamberlain gave manager Joe Girardi and team trainers the thumbs up after taking some warm-up pitches, the team decided to remove him from the game because of the swelling on his elbow. Chamberlain has had more than his share of injuries this season. Prior to the year even beginning, Chamberlain suffered a gruesome ankle injury on a trampoline. He suffered an open dislocation of the ankle and lost a lot of blood. It was not certain that he would be able to return this season, but he did.
Chamberlain pitched 22 games for the Yankees this season and posted a 4.35 ERA. New York has experimented with Chamberlain as a starter and a reliever, but it seems now his permanent home will be in the bullpen. In his career, Chamberlain has a 3.73 ERA.