Joba suffered significant ankle injury, out indefinitely


Via Jack Curry, Joba Chamberlain suffered an “open dislocation” of his right ankle playing with his son yesterday and had surgery last night. They were at some kind of children’s play place. Brian Cashman called it a “significant injury” and said they “can’t put a time frame” on his return. Joba is in the hospital now and will remain there for a few days.

“We’re worried significantly about him right now for him as an individual,” added Cashman. They’re not sure if the injury is career-threatening, but right now they don’t believe it is. Joba is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but this injury will definitely delay the process. There’s a pretty good chance we won’t see him at all in 2012 now. For shame.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Gonzo says:

    Poor kid. If he’s out for the year, any chance he gets non-tendered? No chance, right?

  2. Dick Whitman says:

    You’re more than likely not jumping the gun. Open dislocation is a long recovery.

  3. jon says:

    A dislocation complicated by a wound opening from the surface down to the affected joint. Also called compound dislocation.

    so yea hes not playing this year

  4. nesto says:

    Open dislocation? Jesus… that means he had bone sticking out. Ugh

  5. ultimate913 says:

    Meh. Yanks have plenty of other relief options. I would feel bad, but doing anything like this while recovering from another injury is beyond stupid.

  6. David N says:


    Why do I get the feeling that we’re not going to see him pitch for the Yankees again?

    • Kevin Winters says:

      Too early to tell anything could happen but if he doesn’t then hopefully he gets to continue his career somewhere else

  7. LawStudent says:

    That sounds horrifying. What an unlucky break… seems like it’s just a freak occurrence. I can’t fault him too much for just playing with his kid on a trampoline. That’s not inherently unsafe unless we find out he was just going bonkers on it.

    • jsbrendog says:

      you can totallyt fault him. it is a trampoline. a major league ball player should not be on a trampoline. shit the first question they ask you when you get certain types of insurance is “do you have a trampoline?”

      • Guest says:

        It’s his son. Do you have kids? They like doing fun things. Trampolines are fun. The vast majority of people play on trampolines with out getting hurt.

        I don’t have the stats, but I would guess Joba had a better chance of suffering a major injury driving a car. Should he not drive? Or be in a car?

        Yeah, it probably would be better if he wasn’t on a trampoline. But I can’t fault someone for playing with their son on a trampoline–just like tons of other parents do every day.

        • Evan in NYC says:

          Other parent’s weren’t blessed with an arm like a damn rocket.

        • J says:

          Yea but it is too much to ask your kid if you can do another activity with him because “dad is a professional athlete and his livelihood depends on his physical health”?

        • Broll The American says:

          I don’t even let my kids go over to a house with a trampoline. I can’t imagine why a parent would set one up for their kid. Kids “like doing fun things”… yeah, they do.. Driving a car is fun, but you wouldn’t let them do it. Go fly a kite, play video games, play ping pong, go to the zoo… don’t jump on trampolines.

          • Cuso says:

            Yeah, I hated that rule growing up. But I also was not allowed to go play at housed where kids had trampolines.

            Overprotective parents? Probably. But I guess that happens when one of their best friends growing up broke their neck on a trampoline. Sucked for me.

            But regardless, Joba should not have been dicking around on one of those. He could have done many other things with his son. A large dude like him? Entirely forseeable he gats his ankle caught in the side of one of those.

        • Klemy says:

          I can’t fault him for playing with his son. But, the form of play can be criticized because it’s not the only fun thing to do.

          Devil’s advocate: If you add the words “on a trampoline” to the end of that, you can blame him a little. Do you lose the right to argue about it because he’s playing with his son? I think you gain the right to argue it because it was on a trampoline and it’s not the only form of fun/entertainment available to a person. If the only way he could have fun with his son was to use a trampoline, then you can nullify the argument.

          Bottom line, hope he gets better and pitches for us again some day.

        • Genghis says:

          It might surprise you that about 100K people go to US emergency rooms every year due to trampoline accidents. You can find this information on and elsewhere. For example, although I’ve seen more recent data quoted.

      • Dude, get over yourself. We had a trampoline in the backyard growing up. I went on it tons of times without every having an injury. Crap like this is highly unlikely.

        • jsbrendog says:

          so did i. but neither you nor i get paid to play MLB. John Wetteland wasn’t allowed to rollerblade. things like that and a trampoline are different than driving a car. your analogy is not even close. there are 1000000000000 things he couldve done with his son other than the trampoline. i applaud him for being a good father, it is awesome, but again he has show poor judgement. does this mean anything about him as a person? no, who cares. but he is dumb for jumping on a trampoline when he is a major league ball player ESPECIALLY in season. what’s next, skateboarding?

          • My point stands. Jumping on a trampoline isn’t some super dangerous thing. These guys have lives too. They shouldn’t be afraid to do things with their kids because of the small chance that something goes wrong.

            • Klemy says:

              They shouldn’t be afraid of it, except that some players have restrictions in their contracts…so apparently they have to be because of the greater picture. Just because he was playing with his son and it was a freak accident, doesn’t mean people lose the right to criticize.

        • Eric says:

          So highly unlikely that insurance companies make you disclose that you own a trampoline in most states and often times exclude any liability related to trampolines?

          Great that he was playing with his son, but there are literally dozens of other activities he could have chosen that would have made more sense.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Show of hands: How many people immediately jumping on the trampoline issue have kids? I’m honestly curious.

            • Klemy says:

              I have a 3 year old son. I jump on the trampoline with him. I work in IT and if I dislocate or break something, other than my neck, I can still work with minimal lost time.

              I’m not saying I agree fully that he shouldn’t be able to do it, but I am saying that people who feel he shouldn’t be on a trampoline have the right to feel that way.

      • CJ says:

        Joba should NOT be on a trampoline with a healing reconstructed elbow and he’s fat. He should be cut like Boone, but probably can’t because there is no “trampoline language in contract”

    • Stevein PDX says:

      It wasn’t a break, it was a dislocation.

  8. Adam says:

    Enough. Too bad he got hurt but now its time to part ways. Year after year we have high expectations for this guy and he always disappoints.

    Let’s move on.

  9. teddy says:

    i feel bad for joba. can’t blame him for playing with his son, but yanks should cut him.

  10. neworder19 says:

    His contract should be voided ala Aaron Boone.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Aaron Boone had a specific clause in there regarding basketball. We’ll see if Joba has something similar that can be construed as outlawing trampolines.

      I doubt it. It would also be silly considering what Joba gets paid.

  11. teddy says:

    cut joba and sign mike gonalez

  12. Randy says:

    that happened to a guy i played with as he slid into third base. he rehabbed aggressively and was back in five months. but with joba’s tommy john rehab i doubt he makes it back this year. i wish him the best.

  13. David N says:

    Just an FYI: do NOT Google images of “open dislocaton” unless you have a stomach of steel – that is some nasty stuff.

  14. Captain says:

    before everyone starts calling out his stupidity, no one knows what happened exactly and what the circumstances were while he was playing with his son. stuff happens. its a shame as he could have been a big boost to the pen midseason. hope it’s not career threatening and he can come back.

    • Slugger27 says:

      he was jumping on a trampoline.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s not stupidity. Play with your goddamn kid. They’re only young once.

      Sometimes the stupidest of injuries happen in the most benign, unpredictable ways.

      Here’s to a good prognosis and a return that allows that arm to heal even more.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Agree completely on all points.

        It sucks, and I guess technically you can “fault” him for it, but I’m not mad that he got hurt playing with his kid. There are much worse excuses out there.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:


          Looks like his son is six years old. Imagine telling him “No, son. I can’t play with you on that trampoline. Brian Cashman needs to protect his investment. Here’s a stick and can.”

  15. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:


  16. thenamestsam says:

    What a shame. Get well soon Joba. Aardsma signing is looking even better now.

  17. Johnny O says:

    Can’t the Yankees put it in all players’ contracts that they aren’t allowed to play with their children??? That, and motorcycling should be banned. And no one should be allowed to play basketball, except aaron boone because that worked out ok in the end.

    Kidding aside, you do have to feel bad for joba. Seemed like the tommy john rehab was going great, i’m sure he was working very hard to come back.

  18. JohnC says:

    What a shame. Guess this opens up a spot for Cabral now.

  19. CG says:

    Hopefully this isn’t the year of “freak” injuries. So far two, no more please!

  20. BK2ATL says:

    Sucks to be Joba over this latest injury, but maybe he’ll now get the chance to start, rather than be a back-end bullpen. It’ll be for another team as I seriously think we’ve seen the last of Joba in pinstripes.

    This one’s gonna take a while and it’s not like the Yanks are lacking young arms now nor in 2 years. Cashman has those bases covered.

    Tough break for him. Seems like we’ve already had our share of freak injuries so far this year. Just hope it doesn’t carry over into the season.

  21. Elmgrovegnome says:

    Would Freddy Garcia be able to fill Jobas spot in the Relief role? That would be insurance for the rotation, since the Yankees would have a use for him and wouldn’t be trading him.

    • Slugger27 says:

      i think him pitching in relief was a foregone conclusion. though i imagine he’ll be the long man, not a one inning guy like joba was.

  22. JohnC says:

    Maybe we really should have dealt Joba instead of Ian Kennedy

  23. James A says:

    Man, horrible news for Joba, really thought he could be big out of the pen down the stretch

    Not that any of this is funny, but talk about ruining everyone’s day at the bouncy castle…

    • jsbrendog says:

      well he still will be big out of the pen since he is a) already fat b) will only get fatter not being able to walk and c) this injury takes him completely out of the pen.

      i know i know. i tried.

  24. Rich in NJ says:

    Terrible news. I hope he fully recovers.

  25. Dela G says:

    man this really sucks :/

  26. JoeyA says:

    Aaron Boone 2.0–

    –hopefully this doesnt lead to handing Soriano a 10yr 200M for 7th innig duties

  27. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

    Caesar ‘Stairs’ Cabrera = TJSC

    *girl you know it’s , girl you know it’s , girl you know it’s ,*
    * runs off stage while record continuously skips *
    -End Scene-

  28. Fernando says:

    It’s a shame, but I understand that he was just being a good dad and playing with his kid.

    He was working hard and making good progress in his recovery from TJ, so I hope the injury isn’t career threatening. As for the team, they will be fine as they have many options for the pen. Hopefully, Joba gets well soon and is not discouraged by this setback.

  29. neo says:

    Like the rest of us, I’m bummed by this. Not just for the Yankees, but for Joba. i follow him on twitter, and the main topics he tweets about are the rangers and his son.

    Here is his tweet from Wed:
    Me and my lil man hanging out!

  30. Gonzo says:

    I just remembered the Jeff Kent injury. Are we suuuuure it was a trampoline?


  31. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    I don’t think professional ballplayers should have kids. Or take a wife. It takes away your focus on the sport.

    I use the birth control pill for men. You take it the next day and it changes your blood type.

  32. Mike HC says:

    Damn. I feel bad for him.

    As for the Yanks, our “unlimited” pitching depth is getting thinner already.

  33. Mike HC says:

    Damn, I feel bad for the guy.

    As for the Yanks, that “unlimited” pitching depth is getting thinner already.

  34. Yank The Frank says:

    Wheel him out to clock Youkilis anyway.

  35. The Tenth Inning Stretch says:

    Quick, somebody ask Bobby B what he think about this!

  36. Nick says:

    per rotoworld he is out for the year now. for shame indeed

  37. Braun says:

    Maybe if he werent so fat this wouldn’t have happened.

  38. J says:

    I feel bad for the guy but why in the hell is he jumping on trampolines when already trying to recover from TJ? I know you gotta spend time with your children but there’s no other activity you can substitute for that, like laser tag or something?

    The fact that they are throwing “career ending” even out there is scary but probably overblown. Still, I was looking forward to Joba this season, he seemed to be in a good place mentally and focused on contributing.

    • gc says:

      Yeah, and then he gets a freak laser tag injury and people jump down his throat for being careless in another way. These kinds of things happen and they’re unfortunate, but I find it hard to really come down hard on the guy for it. But hey, it could be worse. Maybe we’d rather him be like Tim Lincecum and spend his free time doing something like this:

      • Cuso says:

        There’s a difference between a “freak laser tag” injury and entirely forseeable consequence of a 275-lb guy jumping on a trampoline.

        It was a stupid move, no matter how much anyone wants to play Devil’s Advocate.

        Feel bad for Joba? Sure. I feel bad for the pain he’s in. I don’t feel bad for the situation he’s in, though. He was irresponsible. Opportunities like his foster zero margin for being stupid.

      • Kevin Winters says:

        Ppl are only freaking out because he got injured. Does anyone think this is the first time he’s ever been on a trampoline? He probably thought nothing would happen.

        • Bo Knows says:

          People are freaking out because he lost so much blood that the injury was considered life-threatening when the paramedics came to get him.

  39. Diamond Dan says:

    That’s a pretty horrific injury. Forget about what this means for his future with the Yankees; if he ever pitches in the big leagues again it’ll be an incredible comeback story.

  40. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Yes, I feel sorry for him. He came up as a phenom and has been jerked around and/or the victim of shitty and unusual situations.

    Bullpen, midges, starter, Joba Rules, bullpen, TJ surgery and now this.

    This is a kid who once had an incredible future ahead of him and I hope that he is able to rehab and pitch again.

  41. OldYanksFan says:

    Sad news.
    Every individual, whether a professional athlete or your ordinary guy, has different feelings on what ‘might’ be dangerous or not. It’s a bum break. If you look at every potentially ‘dangerous’ activity done by the sum of all pro athletes, I’m sure it numbers in the 10′s of thousands.

    Guys hurt themselved going down the stairs, opening a box and playing video games. It’s a fluke accident and a very bad break.

    It’s easy to look back after an incident and say shit…
    but this was just really bad luck for a nice guy.

  42. CJ says:

    Wait they can’t play basketball but they can jump around in a trampoline? This fool was restricted to throwing off a half mound a couple of weeks ago now he thinks it’s ok to jump on a trampoline? If he dislocated his healing right elbow he would be cut and everyone would agree. Sure he could have slipped in the shower and had the same injury but it was a trampoline! “my kid” is supposed to some valid excuse as in he was just being a good father, that’s nonsense. Take him fishing.

    • Kevin Winters says:

      If he dislocated his healing right elbow he would be cut and everyone would agree.


      I love the what if game lol.

      • CJ says:

        A healing surgically repaired elbow + trampoline= dislocated ankle? But Joba don’t you think it’s too soon for your elbow to jump on trampoline?

        • Kevin Winters says:

          But Joba don’t you think it’s too soon for your elbow to jump on trampoline?


          This is probably not the first time he’s been jumping on a trampoline. If he wasn’t afraid of getting hurt before why would he be afraid of getting hurt last night.

      • CJ says:

        And he’s fat and jack curry just said it’s a “kids trampoline” for a 5 year old. Not a massive professional athlete on rehab.

    • Landry says:

      You have major issues, dude.

  43. bonestock94 says:

    I feel bad but his absence in the pen probably won’t be felt.

  44. CJ says:

    Wonder where replacement tendon was removed. Surgeons have several options. Hope it’s not the leg of recent injury.

  45. mike says:

    he is an idiot, and always has been an idiot. there is absolutely no upside to hsi being on a trampoline – no one would be a worse dad for watching your kid from the ground

    How ’bout the grown, fat man get off the trampoline since he is physically unable to play baseball as it is??

    Also, im glad he spent time with his kid doing a somewhat risky and unpredictable physical activity while already nursing a surgerically repaired arm… that he has jeopardized his career, they can both have fun flipping burgers at Dairy Queen.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      That’s a little harsh but I do think he’s a complete moron for jumping on a kid’s trampoline while rehabbing from elbow surgery but then again intelligence and the ability to throw a baseball 95 MPH are often at opposite ends of the spectrum.

    • Darren says:

      I’m sure he;s already made more money than you’ll ever make in your lifetime and I doubt he’ll ever need to work at manual labor.

      But nice try, loser.

      • mike says:

        Thanks for the insightful commentary – BTW he has made 2.7 in salary since 2007, and even if he did another million in endorsements since then, he never had the chance to print money. In fact, when you subtraxct taxes, agent comissions etc, he certainly isn’t set for life, and likely has real bills to pay

        Oh, and with no education, an irresponsible streak and the IQ of a gerbil (as demonstrated by differnt actions over the years, including this one), he is looking at a strong career in long-distance trucking.

        • Kevin Winters says:

          Yes his bout with the trampoline shows how reckless he is. The DUI I can understand but this is a joke.

    • Kevin Winters says:

      Does him losing lots of blood and ppl fearing he would lose his life make you feel even better.

    • Your not even worth it..... says:


  46. Robinson Tilapia says:

    From a sociological perspective, this thread is gold.

    • FIn says:

      LOL it really is. The superiority some people get to feel when a person like Joba gets hurt in a freak accident, is something to watch. Guy hops and a tramp to play with his kid, probably just bouncing up and down and came down bad on his ankle, and people are cruisifying him. Instead of feeling bad for a fellow human being, who just suffered a severe injury, and whos career is now in jeopardy, they feel the need to call him names.

    • Landry says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

  47. Jared says:

    John Minko is reporting on YES that Joba lost so much blood that the injury was initially considered to be life threatening. In a kids amusement center?!? So horrible and bizarre. I don’t want to even imagine how terrifying that must have been for Joba and his kid. All good thoughts to Joba, my 80 year old Mom’s favorite Yankee. It seems like a million years ago, but 2007 was special. Who knew it would be so fleeting? I hope to see Joba pitch again for the Yanks, under any circumstances.

  48. mustang says:

    Dude, almost die lets forget the baseball stuff and I wish the man the best.

  49. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    Wow awful news for Mr. Joba…his leg may be in jeapordy too. Guy already has a dad in a wheelchair. Would be horrible to see him follow in those footsteps (no pun intended). Joba’s a true gentleman, and it really sucks to see that guy get hurt. Wish him the best in life.

  50. Ro says:

    That sucks for the guy. The team will be fine. He was a bonus and a good one at that.

    For the ones criticizing him for playing with his son, I disagree. What I do agree with is that HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN JUMPING ON A TRAMPOLINE, if that is what it was and how the injury happened. Again, I have no remarks about what he does with his personal time and I have no suggestions of “what else he should do with his son at playtime,” but Joba should not have been jumping around on that thing. To the commenters who stated “I’ve jumped on one and never got injured,” yeah, me too. Never once was I hurt, but the whole premise is to jump and essentially slam your body into the trampoline for the bounce. There is an inherent risk when doing these kinds of things and Joba should have used better discretion just or the reason of his arm alone. He could have simply just stood next to it, while letting his son play and jump. We don’t have the facts yet, but sounds like bad judgement in my opinion and now its going to cost him. I do feel bad about it, however.

  51. chcmh says:

    I wish him nothing but the best. The guy was a seriously entertaining dude once upon a time, but it would not surprise me if the Yanks let him get on with it someplace else. It feels more likely he’d get a fair shot with another club.

  52. Midland TX says:

    I love this guy and I want him to be well and to do well. The fact that it isn’t, hasn’t been easy for him makes me root for him all the more.

    But let’s draw a distinction:

    “Inadvisable” is choosing to engage in recreational activities that are usually benign but occasionally risky.

    “Stupid” is pretending that suffering the consequences of accepting those risks is somehow random or based solely on chance, i.e. “things happen.” “Stupid” is suggesting that there was nothing this guy could have chosen between trampolining with his kid and committing child neglect.

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