Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees reacts after giving up two runs against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joba Chamberlain Back In Major Leagues

Joba Chamberlain broke his ankle on a trampoline while trying to rehab from Tommy John surgery. But now he's back to the big leagues.

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Joba Chamberlain Returning To Yankees

The New York Yankees traded Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Casey McGehee before the trading deadline Tuesday. That left a hole in their bullpen… which is being filled by a very familiar face:

Joba was expected to be out this long just from Tommy John surgery; then he suffered an ankle injury jumping on a trampoline with his son that was at first thought to be career-threatening.

Joba made seven appearances on rehab assignment, throwing 9⅓ innings, allowing just four hits, one walk and one earned run, with 10 strikeouts. Rehab appearances don’t always tell the whole story, but that’s pretty dominant. The Yankees have been looking to upgrade their pen, and this might be the best move they could have made.

For more on the Yankees, please visit Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York.

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Joba Chamberlain Rehabbing In Low-A

When Joba Chamberlain injured his ankle during a freak trampoline accident, it looked like he'd miss most of the 2012 season, if not all of it. But the right-hander -- who was already rehabbing from Tommy John surgery -- is coming along quickly.

That would be the Gulf Coast League Yankees against the Gulf Coast League Pirates, so it isn't the highest-possible competition, but the important details are that he threw a baseball in some capacity, and he threw it hard. That's unquestionably good news.

The Yankees' bullpen has been beset with injuries this year, as they've lost both Mariano Rivera and David Robertson in addition to Joba. But they don't care. They never care. They're always good. Just give up. They're always good.

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Joba Chamberlain Close To Resuming Game Activity

Joba Chamberlain was expected to be out much of, if not all of, this year after a trampoline accident which was considered life-threatening.

Monday, though, he edged closer to getting into game action. ESPN New York:

The New York Yankees reliever said he is scheduled to throw in a simulated game on Friday. Chamberlain threw a pair of 20-pitch segments Monday during his third batting practice session at the team’s minor league complex.

Chamberlain also took part in defensive drills, with New York manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild watching. The Yankees are in Florida for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees aren’t rushing Chamberlain, but at the same time, they could use some bullpen help after a ninth-inning meltdown against the White Sox last Thursday. If Chamberlain is healthy, he could be pitching in minor-league games soon.

For more on the Yankees, please visit Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York.

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Joba Chamberlain Set For Bullpen Session

Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain had Tommy John surgery last year, and then during spring training, he suffered a freak ankle injury while on a trampoline with his son, just as he was beginning the rehab program for the elbow injury.

Following this so far? The ankle injury was so severe that Joba was to stay off of any “weight-bearing activity” for three months; that period wouldn’t end until the end of this month.

Now, though, he appears to be ahead of that schedule:

Chamberlain threw off a modified pitcher’s mound Saturday at the team’s complex in Tampa, Fla., a sign that he is at least progressing in his attempt to overcome the freak accident that injured his ankle and delayed his rehab for Tommy John surgery.

That went well enough that Joba himself tweeted this Thursday morning:

Presumably, if that goes well, pitching in simulated games or a rehab assignment might be close. It might not be beyond the realm of possibility that Joba could be back in a Yankees uniform after the All-Star break.

For more on Joba and the Yankees, please visit Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York.

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