TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain (Winnebago Tribe) expects to be out of a walking boot for an injured ankle in about two weeks.
Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline with his son on March 22. The right-hander has resumed working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex, where he played catch in the outfield on Friday with his right knee on a stool.
Chamberlain said the ankle continues to improve and that his throwing arm is 100 percent. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound right-hander was working his way back from elbow ligament replacement surgery and was expected to return in June.
“It’s a little stiff, but good,” Chamberlain said of the ankle.
In January 2012, the Yankees and Chamberlain agreed on a 1-year non-guaranteed contract worth approximately $1.675 million.
Chamberlain went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA (28.2IP, 9ER) in 27 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2011, holding opponents to a .228 (23-for-101) batting average and retiring 22-of-27 first batters faced (81.5%). He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/8 with a strained right flexor muscle before undergoing “Tommy John” surgery in Pensacola, Fla., on 6/16, ending his season. In five Major League seasons, all with the Yankees, Chamberlain is 20-13 with a 3.70 ERA (382.0IP, 157ER) in 193 games (43 starts).
(Information from Associated Press in this story)