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Joba Chamberlain turned Tommy John scar into happy face tattoo

And the award for most creative use of a Tommy John scar goes to … Joba Chamberlain:

I was dying in tears for a few minutes after seeing that. Too darn funny.

On a related note, Joba has lost weight, and now that he’s no longer with the New York Yankees, he’s free to grow facial hair. Joba now has a beard and some say he has cultivated a hipster look:

Joba Chamberlain

Is that a relief pitcher or your European history teacher at the local university?

Chamberlain had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2011 and didn’t return to the Yankees until Aug. 2012.

Joba Chamberlain has lost weight, is pumped he can rock a beard

Joba-Chamberlain-dislocates-ankle-on-trampolineJoba Chamberlain was once one of the most effective relievers in baseball. At one point, people were even speculating that he could be the heir to the Mariano Rivera throne for the New York Yankees. A combination of injuries and ineffectiveness has put a stop to that talk, and the Detroit Tigers are now hoping Chamberlain can return to form in 2014.

Chamberlain has lost about 15 pounds since last season. He claims he feels healthier than ever.

“I’ve probably lost 15, 20 pounds,” he told George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. “But it’s good weight. It’s one of those things, now just being healthy and not having to worry about my ankle, now worrying about my elbow, just doing the things I need, it’s been a great off-season.”

Joba now has a personal cook to prepare his meals, and he is also feeling great about an addition to his body that would never have been possible in New York — a grizzly beard.

We know the stuff is there, but Chamberlain needs to stay healthy if he ever wants to be an effective back-end reliever again. Keeping some weight off should help.

H/T Big League Stew

Joba Chamberlain knocked out of game by flying broken bat (Video)

Joba Chamberlain left Game 4 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles in the 12th inning after being hit on the elbow by a broken bat.

The Yankees reliever rolled in his first inning of work and was looking to pitch a second inning when he was hit. Chamberlain’s second pitch to Matt Wieters splintered the Orioles catcher’s bat, and a large chunk went flying to the mound where it hit Chamberlain in the elbow.

X-rays on Chamberlain’s elbow came back negative, and the team says he has a contusion.

It’s hard to say if his early exit cost the team, but the way he was pitching he could have gone two or three innings. That may have delayed David Phelps’ entrance into the game. Phelps took the loss after surrendering two doubles in the 13th.

Between this and the freak accident in March, it’s safe to say it’s not Chamberlain’s year.

Yankees hopeful Joba Chamberlain can return to pitching this season

After Joba Chamberlain‘s trampoline injury to trump all trampoline injuries, there was much doubt as to whether the Yankees pitcher would be able to pitch this season or even again in his career. Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation and torn ligaments in his right ankle while playing with his son. And while examinations revealed no microfractures, doctors are still keeping an eye on whether any infections develop. Meanwhile, the Yankees are remaining optimisitc (perhaps overly optimistic) that Chamberlain can return to pitching in July at the earliest.

“That’s the optimistic side,” Yanks GM Brian Cashman said Saturday, according to MLB.com. “The way I work this stuff, my mindset is, until they’re close to knocking on the door, I [don't worry about it]. Obviously, in Joba’s case, it’s still a question of when he comes back. I just hope we’re in a position where he can come back.”

Manager Joe Girardi has a more hopeful tone.

“Well, if you’re talking July 1 to July 15 to July 25, there’s a big difference there,” he said. “He’s going to be in a cast, I think, for six weeks. Then you start rehabbing. Six weeks is going to take you to, what, May 10? So I don’t necessarily think that’s out of the question.”

Keep in mind this is just talk about getting him back to pitching off a mound, not throwing in a game. The club already expected to be without Chamberlain until June as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. This  new injury is obviously a major setback for him, given that the right ankle is on his push-off leg. Right now, it’s probably best not to speculate when he’ll return until he actually gets back to walking on his own and jumping on trampolines again.

H/T Eye on Baseball
Photo credit: Kim Klement, US Presswire

Joba Chamberlain suffers ‘significant injury’ after dislocating his ankle jumping on the tramploline with his son

As expected, the bizarre injuries have been piling up all throughout spring training for various MLB teams. For the most part, the damage has been minor. Unfortunately for the Yankees and Joba Chamberlain, that was not the case on Thursday.

“Joba Chamberlain dislocated right ankle yesterday and had surgery last night,” Jack Curry of the YES Network wrote on Twitter Friday morning. “(Brian) Cashman called it a significant injury. Cashman said Joba injured himself while playing with his son. They were jumping around on a ‘trampoline’ of sorts.

“When Cashman was asked if Joba’s injury was career threatening, he said, ‘I’d’ like to say no. My heart and my gut tell me no,’” Curry continued. “Cashman said he feels for Joba on a personal level. He added that its a ‘massive’ loss for the team.”

Judging by the way Curry described Cashman’s tone, this is obviously a very significant injury. Curry added that it is not believed that Chamberlain’s son was injured, and that Cashman was noticeably “shaken” when delivering the news.

We joke about other strange injuries like this one and this one — which both happened over the past few weeks — but you hate to see something like this happen. Joba was reportedly making good progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and the ankle injury is obviously going to be a major setback for him. With the way it sounds at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising if Chamberlain misses all of 2012.

H/T Hardball Talk

Joba Chamberlain Impersonator Ryan Ward Arrested by Cops

I don’t know what’s up with people and their fascination with impersonations. Why can’t they just be themselves? Ryan Ward couldn’t help himself from posing as Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain once Joba became famous in the Big Apple. It all started when people kept mistaking Ward for Chamberlain, until Ward decided to not only embrace the mistakes, but also encourage it:

But it wasn’t until June that he started to play along – even wearing a Joba-style flat-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Cops first ran into Ward at a Belmar bagel shop, Police Chief Jack Hill said.

After ordering a bagel and coffee, Ward reached into his pockets, told the manager he didn’t have the $1.50, and then pointed to a picture of Chamberlain in a newspaper sports section and asked, “Do you know who I am?” Hill said.

“He was selling autographs for free beer and money at a bar here on a night Joba Chamberlain was pitching and the game was on TV,” Hill said.

Ward, a Phillies fan, admittedly made the rounds of Belmar and other Jersey Shore towns for weeks, scoring dozens of free drinks before police arrested him.

Honestly, who’s so dumb as to sign autographs at a bar the same night the guy he’s impersonating is pitching? And who are these dunderheads not to figure it out? And what’s up with guys being so pathetic they have to be an impostor to get some? You think it’ll work if I tell chicks I’m Brad Pitt?

UPDATE: Ward says he nailed 100 chicks while impersonating Joba, the two will meet at Yankee Stadium on Friday.