Chamberlain removed with stiff right shoulder


The Yankees have just announced that stud youngster Joba Chamberlain left tonight’s Yankees/Rangers game with a “stiff right shoulder.” Joba left the game accompanied by Yanks’ trainer Gene Monahan with two outs in the five. Right now, no one has anymore information than this, and we’ll keep everyone posted as this story develops. Hopefully, this is nothing serious, but shoulder stiffness is never a good sign.

Update 10:45 p.m.: Before you all jump off a collective bridge, remember that the last time a promising young Yankee pitcher had a “stiff right shoulder,” the Yanks simply shut that pitcher down for two months to prevent anything serious from developing. That pitcher ended up being fine. His name? Chien-Ming Wang. While the Yanks could shut Joba down for the season as a precaution, don’t start the collective panicking until we know more.

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  1. Jamal G. says:

    What can shoulder stiffness potentially lead to?

  2. matt k says:

    i am very close to jumping off a bridge … great ad placement here btw

  3. Manimal says:

    Thanks for the reminder… lol. Its not like he was in an amazing amount of pain.

  4. Lanny says:

    The way the Yanks talk about injuries stiff shoulder means he’s done til 2009.

    They will not risk their prized asset.

    • Ben K. says:

      Mike and I agree with this. If it’s anything at all, he’s probably going to be held back.

      • Lanny says:

        No matter what they diagnose I don’t think we see Joba throw another pitch in 2008. They are long term thinkers here and they will not rush him back for any reason.

        We now have to root for the the other two members of Gen Trey to actually pitch well.

  5. Ivan R. says:

    Ugh. I’m gonna go cut my pipi off. Maybe that will feel better than the news of another injury.

  6. KW says:

    Stinks for Joba, but hopefully it’s just cramps :)

  7. A.D. says:

    Stiff shoulder can mean nothing, or obv something. If you look back ppl have left with stiff shoulds just chalked it up to fatigue and made their next start no probem. Basically the Yanks haven’t actually diagnosed anything

    With Wanger, I believe he had history of shoulder issues coming up in the minors.

  8. Adam says:

    Here’s the real dilemma, though. Do the Yanks stand a chance of making the postseason without Joba?

    The answer is no. Joba’s the best starter on the team, and without him the pitching staff morphs from average to bad.

    So, the question is… Go for gold, or shut him down and think of next year?

    • Ben K. says:

      Shut him down. It’s not even a debate. If the difference is Joba’s long-term health vs. the Yanks’ short-term playoff picture, you shut him down.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        As much as it would suck of course you shut him down, for the season if you have to. Hughes and IPK have their chance now to save the 2008 season, what a story if the 2 guys who basically put this team in a pretty big hole earlier in the season can come back later in the season and maybe save the Yankees season….

      • Adam says:

        Are you sure? What’s the reason we want a player like Joba? To win championships.

        Flags Fly Forever, man. The risk is great, yes. But the window is closing on this Yankee team.

        • Radnom says:

          What are you talking about? Remember, they are in a transition year if anything. It’s not like they are all in for this year, otherwise Johan would be in the rotation.

          Even if that wasn’t the case, it is really *not* a debate. I don’t understand how anyone can have your point of view here. You do know he is only 23 right?

          • Joey H says:

            ok but then why the fuck would you get nady, marte, and pudge when you could of just had molina and chad? you are wrong.

            • BklynJT says:

              Um because they are still likely with the team for next year.

              • Joey H says:

                UM. thats a load of shit. they could have taken other cheaper routes of they were so concerned with making this a transition year

                • Okay, this should totally not even be a debate.

                  Throwing Joba out there give us a chance to win a title this year, at the possible expense of him giving us a chance to win the next 10 titles.

                  If he’s got anything remotely serious, you shut him down.

                • radnom says:

                  These were cheaper routes. Who did they trade away who you see being useful for the future? Tabata maybe but that is a big maybe. They basically traded away spare parts to bolster the team a bit. But they are not going to throw away the future for a chance just to win this year which means not trading away the farm to rent Sabathia or Texiera and it means not risking the future health of Joba.

                  You are just making yourself look foolish.

    • KW says:

      Definitely no. It stinks, but you’d wanna win the war, rather than the battle. Sucks either way

  9. BigBlueAL says:

    Ugh so the good thing is the last time the Yankees had a young pitcher go through this he was shut down for 2 months and it was Wang. Remind me again the good news…..

  10. Tim says:

    One thing to keep in mind is the heat today in Texas. In that kind of heat athletes face dehydration and exhaustion which can cause all kinds of problems. Hopefully it is nothing more than that.

    • Rayblay says:

      I am hoping and praying you are right. At first when I heard “stiff shoulder” I figured he was just tired today and he’d be fine in a few days. Then again, I didn’t think CMW’s ankle injury was too bad at the time it happened.

    • ceciguante says:

      this is just what i was thinking — it’s 100 freakin degrees down there, and they’re all sweating like pigs. hopefully it’s just a little cramp (please, please!) and joba is fine. nothing to do but hope now.

      but i agree w/ bigblueAL — it would be superior drama if hughes and kennedy bail the yanks out of this. let’s just hope all 3 are good and healthy going forward.

      come on jeter! we need a hit!

  11. mehmattski says:

    If you value your sanity, you probably shouldn’t do a google search for “Stiff Right Shoulder.”

    You might find this:

    Don’t blame me if you follow the link…. I warned you….

  12. Radnom says:

    Sorry if someone mentioned this in the game thread but has anyone thought maybe he tweaked it when he did that somersault to get out of the way of Pudge’s throw on the double play that was called back? Maybe that + the heat resulted in the stiff shoulder? I don’t know, maybe I’m just being hopeful, but it would sure be nice if that was it.

  13. Chris says:

    I’ve already jumped…in fact, I’m posting from my iphone as I fall…

  14. Lanny says:

    Great way to end this disaster of a night.

    We won’t see Joba again this year.

    Maybe IPK and Hughes can do it.

  15. Joey H says:

    damn .. this loss+ joba being out= end of the season

  16. Joey H says:

    now honestly, make me feel better. this whole “out for season” shit is blogger speculation. … right?

  17. Lanny says:

    There is no chance they run Joba out there with any kind of physical problem.

    None. Zero.

    We have seen the last of him in 2008 no matter what the story is.

    • Joey H says:

      lanny, you’ve said it 3 times on this one thread. we got hte god damned point. lets all hope for the best but expect the worse.. not just expect for the worst.

      • Joey H says:

        wow im out of it. “expect for the worst”.. oh i know wat it was i was gonna type “hope for the worst” but when i type in this comment box, i type and it doesnt register the text untill like 20 seconds after im done typing

    • Chris says:

      Except that there’s a chance that this is simply a cramp and he’s 100% fine tomorrow. I assume that he’ll get an MRI no matter what, and we likely won’t know much until then.

  18. A.D. says:

    Good news, his last pitch was 96 and his motion looked as always, generally you see something more

    • Joey H says:

      not always. unless they grimmace in pain, you never see anything. hes a tough guy anyway, he wants to play thru it

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      i’m firmly in the “let’s not start freaking out too much until we know what’s wrong” camp, but i’ve had enough of the “his last pitch was 96 and that’s a good sign” stuff. for all we know, if he hurt himself, it happened on his follow-through or something. the velocity of his last pitch means absolutely nothing.

  19. E says:

    Not optmistic. Plan for 09.

  20. A.D. says:

    Believed to be muscular, i’ll take it

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      girardi doesn’t know anything yet (and he’s proven that even when he does know something, he isn’t completely forthright with the media).

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Girardi also doesnt know anything about managing. Zing!!!!

        • Joey H says:

          yeah agreed, im sorry but if you dont have your best control, as we all know marte didnt today, YANK THE MOTHERFUCKER! id rather take my chances with a fresh pitcher who has a better idea of the zone. just like kenny said, when you know a pitcher doesnt have the zone and has to find it again WILL lay one in there. horrible job of managing.

  21. Joey H says:

    great, now, there is nothing on TV so i have to listen to these ESPN scumbags babble on about brett god damned farve

    • Joey H says:

      yeah and how they recap soccer games, oh and italy wins 2-NIL. WHO THE FUCK SAYS NIL!? infact whogives a shit about soccer in the first place?

      • Doug says:

        Who says “nil?” Good question… you know, just everyone in the English-speaking parts of the world that follow soccer.

        And who gives a shit about soccer? Another good question. Probably Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, but that’s about it. Not much, just a few billion people. These places are not America, of course, so they don’t really count.

        • Joey H says:

          “PRObably eruope asian and latin america” geee, something the united states isnt. and the point wasnt to bash soccer. its to exploit the lack of ESPN material. and yeah maybe pettite can throw a gem tomorrow and we can win 5 NIL!

          • Doug says:

            “nil” is British English. Of all the things to catch feelings over…

            As sad as ESPN soccer coverage is, that’s one of the things they try to get right.

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