Joba Chamberlain has fender bender, is not hurt

New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain leaves St. New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain leaves St. Joseph's Hospital in Lakeland, Fla. (March 25, 2012) Photo Credit: John Roca

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Joba Chamberlain can't catch a break. But this time it appears the misfortune that befell him was mere inconvenience.

The righthander, rapidly progressing in his rehab from Tommy John surgery and a serious ankle injury, was involved in a fender bender Thursday morning in Tampa. Chamberlain, on his way to the Yankees' minor-league complex to work out, was not hurt.

"Heard he was hit from behind," general manager Brian Cashman said by phone late Thursday afternoon. "He said he was OK. It prevented him from getting to the complex because he had to fill out a police report."

Chamberlain is scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday, the first time he will do so in his rehabilitation from the open dislocation of his right ankle suffered in a trampoline accident March 22. He has vowed to pitch again this season.

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Aardsma closing in David Aardsma, signed in February with the primary idea of having him ready for 2013, will make his second rehab appearance Saturday with the GCL Yankees.

"He's in his 30-day rehab cycle," Cashman said. "If everything goes all right, in 31, 32 days, he'll join us."

Aardsma, 30, who saved 38 and 31 games in 2009 and 2010 for the Mariners, has been recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Extra basesAustin Romine, out with a back injury since pitchers and catchers reported in February, has been playing catch and hitting off a tee at the minor-league complex. Cashman said the 23-year-old "definitely" will play again this season, "assuming there are no setbacks." . . . Pedro Feliciano (rotator cuff surgery), who will throw a half-mound bullpen session Friday and is supposed to throw off a full mound Tuesday, has told people in Tampa he expects to pitch this season.

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