Chamberlain, the once highly touted prospect, was reportedly playing with his 5-year-old son Karter at a recreation center filled with trampolines.
In a horrific turn of events, Chamberlain apparently took a bad step and suffered an open dislocation of his right ankle. The injury created an open flesh wound around the ankle and resulted in a significant loss of blood. According to the New York Daily News, Chamberlain lost enough blood for the those close to him to be concerned for his life.
Chamberlain was taken to the hospital by ambulance where he underwent surgery to close the wound. The wound is treated first to prevent infection, while any scans to address fractures will be handled in the near future. Chamberlain is expected to remain in the hospital for several days.
The injury makes it highly unlikely the pitcher will play for the Yankees this season. Chamberlain was already scheduled to be out until June after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last year. While recovery from the arm injury was progressing at or ahead of schedule, the ankle dislocation makes any further rehab a temporarily impossible proposition.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Chamberlain in the hospital, but neither he nor general manager Brian Cashman wanted to speculate on Chamberlain's future, instead expressing sadness for Chamberlain's latest accident.
Chamberlain's career has not gone as those in the Yankees organization had hoped. The flame-throwing pitcher was seen as a future star when he made his debut with the team in 2007. But he failed to make a seamless transition from reliever to starter, causing the Yankees to return him to the bullpen. In 193 career games, Chamberlain holds a 3.70 ERA and has compiled a 20-13 record with 386 strikeouts. His ERA in 43 career starts is 4.18, and he has won just 12 of those games.
Arm injuries have halted his development at age 26, and Thursday's unfortunate accident puts not only this season, but his career in jeopardy.
Chamberlain is under contract for the next two seasons.
The Yankees, meanwhile, will move forward without the pitcher. The team, which is 12-9 this spring, opens the regular season April 6 in Tampa Bay. Most experts expect them to contend with the Rays and Boston Red Sox for the AL East title. The Yankees won the division last season with a 97-65 record but lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the Detroit Tigers.
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