Joba Update: No more boot, workouts continue in Tampa

Pettitte will start for Yankees on Sunday
Game 29: No Fun

Less than seven weeks after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle, Joba Chamberlain is walking without a boot and continuing his rehab both from the ankle injury and Tommy John surgery in Tampa. He says he’s currently using a basketball ankle brace (one of these?) and apparently nothing more.

Brian Cashman recently said it’s “definitely possible” we’ll see Joba back on a mound this year, though I still think that’s pretty optimistic. These are two pretty serious injuries suffered at basically the exact same time. Rehabbing from one is hard enough, but both simultaneously? Getting back to the team this year would really be miraculous. Joba has been playing catch since the injury though, so who knows. I’m hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

Pettitte will start for Yankees on Sunday
Game 29: No Fun
  • http://none Ton Lon ton

    JOBA rules!!!!!

  • vin

    I have no idea how long it takes someone to recover from this type of injury, but 7 weeks sounds pretty damn impressive. Say what you will about Joba, but you can’t say he doesn’t want to get on a mound.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    And after 2 minor league rehab appearances, he’ll be stretched out as a starter!

    Glad to hear he’s progressing. If it’s this year or next, hope he comes back and contributes to the team in some capacity. Gotta believe it’ll take him a bit of time to get his control back.

  • flamingo

    How’s that even possible? It’s great, though.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Remember when the doctors opened Mariano up and found he was inhuman? Apparently, Joba is made of PBR and lugnuts.

    I miss this dude so much. Can’t wait to see him back.

  • Guest

    At this point, after everything, I’m rooting more Joba the individual than Joba the Yankee.

    He’s made some mistakes, yes, and he should shoulder some responsibility for all that’s befallen him since he grunted and farted his way into our hearts at the end of ’07. But the Yankees seriously mismanaged his development and it appears he’s also fell into some hard luck as well. Through it all, he’s taken responsibility for his actions and fought hard to come back each time he has fallen.

    I would love for him to succeed, and succeed wildly, in a Yankee uniform. But even if ends up succeeded with another team, I will still be pretty damn happy (unless its the Red Sox…I’d feel good-ish for Joba, but I won’t be “happy” to watch anyone succeed in that uniform).

    • Urban

      The Yankees *perhaps* mismanaged his development.

      Or, he injured his arm on a fluke play in late 2008, he lost both velocity and command after the injury, neither of which returned to previous levels. That much is known. The Yankees, who have access to all his medicals, perhaps made a determination that his arm would not hold up as a starter. Seems it didn’t even hold up as a reliever. The second part is less clear.

      I’m not saying there’s no truth to the mismanged part. We just don’t know. The fact that Joba got injured and didn’t live up to the levels hoped here is not evidence of mismanagement.

    • savagemurph

      I don’t think we want him “shouldering” anything it might break. But seriously i believe most Yankee fans have an irrational love for the guy and know deep down he’ll be back. At some point his career will stabilize now thats hes older and his role determined.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Encouraging news for Joba. Hopefully he can return to give our pen a boost this year with his chest pounds, Mo only knows we need it.

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  • Sjferrari

    If Joba comes back this season, with that kind of healing factor, we’re gonna have to start calling him Weapon X.

    Yes, I am that dorky, why do you ask?

    • Mike Axisa

      I approve.

  • JoeyA

    Who would have thought we, as a fanbase, would be so excited for Joba’s return and so disgusted with Hughes in the rotation

  • RetroRob

    Joba has always been the favored son around these parts.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    the bullpen is def not as in a bad shape as people say. if joba and aardsma come back this year? damn. loved when he would go headhunting for youkilis