Thursday, June 9, 2011
Chamberlain Possibly Out for Season
By Justin Worsley,
New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, but the team fears he may be out for the season.
Chamberlain, 25, has a torn ligament in his throwing elbow which may require Tommy John Surgery. a dye contrast MRI that was taken Thursday on Chamberlain's arm will be sent to the office of Dr. James Andrews to determine if the surgery is necessary. Typical expected recovery time from Tommy John Surgery for a pitcher is between 10-14 months.
The Yankees entered the season with one of the strongest bullpens in the MLB, but injuries have taken their toll and the Yankees now find themselves shorthanded.
Last month, set-up man Rafael Soriano was placed on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Chamberlain took over the role as the eighth-inning man when Soriano went down.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that David Robertson will replace Chamberlain for now. Chamberlain was 2-0 this season with a 2.83 ERA and 24 strikeouts.