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Joba Chamberlain has torn ligament

Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain walks off the

Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain walks off the mound after getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning against the Orioles. (April 14, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Reliever Joba Chamberlain has a torn ligament in his throwing arm, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday during his pregame talk with reporters.

Chamberlain was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with what the team called a strained flexor, something he had been pitching with for some time.

Although no official word has been given, it's likely that Chamberlain will need surgery to repair the injury. Girardi said the based on the injury, "I don't know how you avoid [surgery]."

5:26 p.m. UPDATERead Erik Boland's story for updates and quotes from Girardi

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