From his season being over and bracing for the still present possibility that his career will be over, there’s talk that Joba Chamberlain will be back pitching for the Yankees by July.
How is this possible?
Chamberlain, still recovering from Tommy John surgery, wasn’t expected back before the summer with that rehabilitation in a best-case scenario with no setbacks—a sketchy hope.
He’s going to be in a cast for six weeks as the doctors monitor his dislocated ankle to make sure there’s no infection in the bone. According to news reports, it looks good so far because there were no microfractures, but he’s not going to be able to throw; he’s not going to be able to run and has a tendency to gain weight—Chamberlain being sedentary doesn’t bode well for his fitness; he’s not going to be able to do anything to come back from the injury that has sidelined him since last summer. Now he’s going to be back on the mound in July after the ankle problem and Tommy John?
Pitching this season might be an inspiration to Chamberlain to get him out of the inevitable depression that he probably feels with this devastating occurrence, but fans and media members buying into it is foolish because it’s not going to happen; stop saying it and, more importantly, stop believing it.