Joba Update

From Pete Abe:

This from Brian Cashman: Chamberlain has what is being described as
rotator cuff tendinitis. He will be rested for “about a week” and then
start a throwing program after being evaluated again.

He will return to New York.

Just for your own reference: “tendinitis” is a nice way to say he has a little tear in his rotator cuff.

Joe Girardi said before the game he was optimistic Joba would play
again this season. But a rotator cuff issue is nothing to mess around
with. Don’t expect to see Chamberlain any time soon this season, if at

I thought it was leprosy, so I’m taking this as good news in the long-term. At least his arm isn’t going to fall off.

6 comments… add one
  • Torn rotator cuff of any magnitude concerns me because – right or wrong – I assume it means that there is something in his motion that is off. Or maybe that his arm is not built to throw 95+ heat for 6+ innings as distinct from one inning of relief at a time. I cn’t think about this right now as it is too depressing.

    IronHorse (yf) August 6, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • Actually, if something completely tears, doesn’t it technically “fall off”?

    SF August 6, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • SNY is reporting IPK will take joba’s next start.

    sf rod August 6, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • “IPK will take joba’s next start”
    The young apprentice can continue his education under the Master (Mussina) in what is perhaps the latter’s finest year. I think the kid wants to be Moose. Even the weird bend-over stretch move. Glad to see him coming back though. I hope he can pitch well enough to give him confidence in the off-season.

    IronHorse (yf) August 6, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • Rotator cuff isn’t so bad.. well, long term anyhow. I’ve torn my rotator cuff before, and it was annoying for 6-9 months, but wasn’t awful considering.
    I even think I have most of my strength back!

    Lar August 6, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Tendenitis is not a tear. It is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon — any one of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. The condition, which causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint, can occur in any of your body’s tendons. And although tendinitis is most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists and heels, obviously in Joba’s case it’s his shoulder.
    If tendinitis is severe and leads to the rupture of the tendon, one could require surgical repair; but in many cases, rest and medication to reduce the pain and inflammation is usually the only treatment necessary.

    Yankees2 August 7, 2008, 4:16 pm

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