26-year-old Lincoln native and right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain, who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since June 5, 2011, was in the New York Yankees bullpen on Tuesday night. Since last June, he’s undergone Tommy John surgery, an appendectomy, dislocated his right ankle and torn his right MCL. Joba was heading to Trenton, NJ for a Double-A game when the team’s trainer told him to turn around and head to Yankee Stadium.
“You’re expected to go to Trenton to pitch, and then next thing you know, they’re telling you to turn around,” said Chamberlain, who became a necessity in the Yankees’ bullpen after Chad Qualls was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Casey McGehee. “I guess that’s the way my career has gone, fast and not knowing what’s really going to happen.”