Regardless of how smart it was for Joba Chamberlain to get on a trampoline in the first place, his injury sounds downright scary. Here’s the situation via Anthony McCarron of the NY 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 said…
…Chamberlain had surgery on the ankle Thursday night, general mananger Brian Cashman said, and will remain in St. Joseph’s Hospital for at least several more days. Chamberlain was scheduled for an MRI and a CT-scan Friday morning…
…Cashman said Chamberlain was at a children’s recreation center when the accident occurred and, though the GM said he didn’t yet know the full story on how Chamberlain was hurt, he added, “I believe it was a trampoline, whether it was a trampoline specifically — any of you who have kids, there’s places out there you can go with your children and it’s a lot of gymnastic stuff. That’s what it sounds like. That’s a loose description.”
Chamberlain’s son, Karter, who is five years old, was unhurt, Cashman said. When Chamberlain was hurt, bone was sticking out of his ankle and he was bleeding profusely, a team source said. Paramedics were called and Chamberlain was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Cashman did not offer a timetable for Chamberlain’s possible return. Asked if the injury might wreck Chamberlain’s career, Cashman 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. But at the same time, I don’t want to spew information that I’m not really in a position to talk about. It’s not my area of expertise, far from it, so I don’t want to be in a misleading situation. I don’t want to make mistakes on either side of it.”
Dr. Steven Weinfeld, the Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service and Associate Professor or Orthopedic Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said an open dislocation could be a “career-threatening injury.”
“The dislocation means the ankle bone is forced out of its socket by some sort of injury and ‘open’ means the skin is ripped open, like with what Joe Theismann had with his injury,” said Weinfeld, who has not treated Chamberlain but is an expert on such injuries. “This makes it a much more serious injury because the skin envelope has been violated. When the skin is intact, it’s much easier to heal.”
“This makes it not only a career-threatening injury, but a limb-threatening injury. There is a small percentage of people who end up with an amputation. There are a small percentage of people, if the skin envelope doesn’t heal, they are susceptible to infection and that can lead to amputation. These days, that’s less likely to happen because we have good antibiotics.”
Weinfeld added, “I would be very surprised if he played this year. He won’t be able to weight-bear for two or three months, let alone start baseball activities.”
Damn. Everything else aside I think we can all agree that we hope for the best for Joba, his son Karter, and the rest of his family.