New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain suffered what's being called "a significant injury,"an open dislocation of his right ankle, while playing on a trampoline with his five-year-old son at a recreation park.
Chamberlain— who was coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery— suffered the injury at what general manager Brian Cashman explained was a "kid's center with athletic activities featuring trampolines," according to the YES Network.
Cashman was visibly upset as he addressed the media in the Yankees dugout at George M. Steinbrenner Field this morning, saying "Joba is in St. Joseph's Hospital right now."
"While he was enjoying time with his son under those those circumstances, he suffered a very significant injury, an open dislocation of the ankle. He underwent a surgical procedure last night," said Cashman. "He will be at St. Joseph's for a number of days. I don't have a timetable for his return."
Asked if the injury was "career-threatening," Cashman replied, "I would like to think that it is not," but the GM sounded like it was serious.
"Let's keep him in our prayers," he said, "because obviously he's facing a lot right now."
Chamberlain often tweets about his son Karter and posted a photo of the two of them together two days ago. It was reported that his son was not hurt.
The one time set-up man who has already bounced from starter to middle reliever did not figure in the Yankees immediate bullpen plans, but this latest setback— which Cashman called "massive"— looks like it could keep him off the roster for the entire season.
Chamberlain is beginning his sixth season after making a dramatic debut in 2007. The Yankees attempted to convert the flame-throwing righthander into a starter in 2008 and 2009 to mixed results. The last two seasons were spent in the bullpen and in surgery rehab.
He is slated to make $1.675 million this season and will be a free agent after the 2013 season.