Details of the story are still coming in, but according to Jack Curry, Joba Chamberlain suffered a serious ankle injury yesterday and had surgery last night. He's currently in the hospital recovering and is expected to miss significant time.
The injury was an "open dislocation" of his right ankle, which is basically the same thing as a compound fracture where there is bone breaking through skin. He suffered the injury playing with his son at a children's play center yesterday. There is no timetable for his return, but it doesn't sound like we're going to see Joba at all in 2012 and the injury could be career-threatening. Cash said, “We’re worried significantly about him right now for him as an individual,” when asked to comment.
More details to come as they become available...
** UPDATE- 10:21 AM- Multiple tweets coming in from the Yankee beat reporters describe Cash as being very somber and visibly shaken when delivering the news on Joba. Definitely not a good sign. **
** UPDATE- 11:18 AM- Via Kieran Darcy of ESPN, the injury will prevent Joba from putting any weight on his right leg for 4-6 weeks, after which a lengthy rehab will have to take place. He's scheduled for an MRI and CT scan today to review the damage and results of last night's surgery.
This is just my speculation, but it doesn't sound like Joba will play at all in 2012. When asked if the injury was career-threatening, Cash said, "I couldn't say, I just couldn't say. I'd like to say no. My heart and my gut tells me no, that's not the case."
** UPDATE- 3:43PM- Via Anthony McCarron of the Daily News: "Joba Chamberlain
lost so much blood Thursday when he hurt his ankle while playing with
his son that there initially was concern for his life, a Yankees' source
Jesus Christ, that is horrible. Still no more news on the results of the tests today. Given the nature of the injury, I would imagine some more surgeries may be necessary.