Podcast: Not all "doom and gloom" for Joba

March, 23, 2012
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In a Rapid Reaction podcast, Andrew Marchand spoke with ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell about the prognosis for Joba Chamberlain.

Bell says it is impossible to give a full diagnosis until all the details are in, but it may not be as bad as initially thought. Here are some of the highlights from the five-minute conversation.

* "I think it is too soon to be speaking in total doom and gloom terms," Bell said.

* "It is not as huge of a setback for his throwing arm as you might think," Bell said. "In fact, he was a little ahead of schedule by his own definition.

* “I think the window is still open, it is going to be a matter of how he heals,” Bell said. She thought September or August was possible.

* A lot will depend on when after the ankle bone heals in six-to-eight weeks, how much range of motion he will have.

* The fact that he is a pitcher and not a hitter could help. Kendry Morales took two years to comeback from the injury. Rounding the bases were the toughest thing to return from.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAB. Gardner .283
HRM. Teixeira 18
RBIM. Teixeira 50
RB. Gardner 68
OPSB. Gardner .816
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135