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Joba hit by bat, suffers elbow contusion

X-rays were negative and Chamberlain will be reevaluated Friday
10/12/2012 1:33 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it will be “all hands on deck” for ALDS Game 5 on Friday, but likely won’t know if those hands will include Joba Chamberlain until sometime on Friday afternoon.

In the 12th inning of Game 4 Thursday night, Baltimore’s Matt Wieters singled off Chamberlain to lead off the inning – but a shard of his broken bat struck Chamberlain on the right (pitching) elbow.

Chamberlain was removed from the game and replaced by David Phelps, who went on to get out of the inning without allowing a baserunner.

“We went out there, and I let him throw a few, and then I looked at it and I saw some swelling and I was just concerned that a little bit of swelling could cause some command issues, so I made a change,” Girardi said after the game.

Chamberlain, meanwhile, was taken for X-rays; those came back negative, and the official diagnosis as of Friday morning was a right elbow contusion.

“It's good. I'm just a little stiff,” Chamberlain said in the clubhouse, where he was sporting a large wrap on the elbow. “I’ll take care of it tonight, we'll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there. It's definitely not as stiff as it was.”

Chamberlain also said that he lobbied to stay in the game, and hopes to be ready to go for Game 5.

“I wanted to (stay in), but obviously the ultimate decision is Joe's. Phelps came in and did a good job. It’s just frustrating not being able to stick out there; hopefully we get it taken care of and I get out there tomorrow.”

If Chamberlain is unavailable to go Friday, the Yankees could make a move to replace him on the roster, butdeactivating Joba for Game 5 would also mean that he would be ineligible to be part of the American League Championship Series roster as well.

“It probably depends on how he feels tomorrow,” Girardi said in regards to a potential roster move. “We’ll have to see.”

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