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MLB Injury News:
Word out of New York is that Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain will be hitting the disabled list for a right oblique muscle strain, retroactive to April 28th:
The Yankees placed Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) May 2, 2013
The DL stint is retroactive to 4/28. Injury arises out of nowhere. Not good times.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) May 2, 2013
This news comes on the heels of fellow righty reliever David Robertson being listed as day-to-day after tweaking his left hamstring in last night's game against the Houston Astros.
Prior to heading to the DL, Chamberlain was 0-0 with a 3.85 ERA and 3.45 FIP in 9.1 innings over 10 appearances with an average 1.1 Leverage Index. Unfortunately, he is no stranger to the injury, having endured a left sided oblique strain in spring training of 2011. While he did not miss any regular season time in 2011 due to the strain, it is not clear how long Chamberlain will be sidelined with this most recent injury; also unknown is how and when this most recent setback for Chamberlain occurred.
Broken into two separate groups -- internal and external -- the obliques are a large, flat band of muscle that lie on either side of the rectus abdominis muscles. They are collectively responsible for a number of actions, including expansion and contraction of the ribcage in breathing, as well as rotation of the hips; they also play smaller roles in the flexion and rotation of the spine.
With eight consecutive scoreless appearances, Chamberlain looked to be in good form in April, having finally settled into a short inning relief role ahead of closer Mariano Rivera. Already with three holds in the season, Chamberlain notched a save in his last appearance on April 27th, a 5-4 won over AL East rival Toronto.
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