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Broken bat hits Chamberlain in elbow

Joe Girardi on Joba Chamberlain after he was hit by a broken bat.
Joe Girardi on Joba Chamberlain after he was hit by a broken bat.
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Joba Chamberlain’s long and occasionally bizarre injury history added a new chapter Thursday night — at the most inopportune time for the New York Yankees.

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Chamberlain’s surgically repaired right elbow was hit by the head of Matt Wieters’ broken bat, on the Baltimore catcher’s leadoff single in the 12th inning of Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

Chamberlain tried to remain in the game, throwing three warm-up tosses in an attempt to convince manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, but the elbow appeared to swell and Donohue escorted him off the field. X-rays were negative.

Chamberlain missed the first four months of the season because of two injuries: Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow and a right ankle dislocation suffered in an off-the-field mishap.

Chamberlain, 27, has struggled to reclaim the success he enjoyed as a rookie in 2007, when he compiled a 0.38 ERA as a star reliever. He was part of a postseason controversy that year, when insects pestered him during a loss in Cleveland.

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