Joba Chamberlain, The Unluckiest Guy In Baseball, Was Hit With A Flying Broken Bat
Joba Chamberlain's never been able to get totally comfortable. This was the defining image of his career for a while, unable to focus as midges swarmed around the mound in Cleveland. Then, he went back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Then, as he got settled into a relief role, he found out last season he needed Tommy John surgery, stopping that season in its tracks. Then, as he prepared to return this season, he suffered a freak injury on a trampoline - yes, trampoline - that helped keep him out until August.
But now he's back, pitching for a playoff team, and last night, he was in the game in a big spot, trying to preserve a 1-1 tie in the 12th inning of Game 4 of the Division Series against the Orioles. And then... Matt Wieters shattered his bat in the process of hitting a single off Chamberlain. The majority of the broken bat flew right toward the mound... and hit Chamberlain. In the elbow. That he had to have Tommy John surgery on last year:
And that was the end of Chamberlain's night. He was eventually diagnosed with a right elbow contusion, but in a rare bit of good news for him, X-rays were negative, so he could be back pitching soon - that is, if the Yankees beat the Orioles in Game 5 after eventually losing 2-1 in 13 last night. And as long as Chamberlain steers clear of any banana peels that might be on the ground anywhere.
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