Tommy John For Joba?

In today’s media scrum, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was questioned about Joba Chamberlain’s recent arm injury and the possibility of Tommy John surgery. He dropped what we, in the industry, refer to as a bombshell:

I don’t know how you avoid it.

Girardi further explained:

My guess is he probably is going to have to have surgery.

Before hitting the Disabled List with a strained flexor muscle yesterday, Chamberlain was a reliable member of the Yankees bullpen, reducing his walk rate from last year while also improving his ground ball rate. In recent weeks, he’s filled in admirably for the injured Rafael Soriano in the set up role, not allowing a single run in his last eight appearances.