Chamberlain was pitching to Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th inning of Game 4 of the ALDS on Thursday night when disaster struck. Wieters lined a single to left, but his bat broke on the pitch and the barrel end of it sailed to the mound and hit the right elbow of Chamberlain, who didn't see it coming until the last moment.
Chamberlain immediately walked off the mound, took off his glove and held his right arm limply to his side. He came out of the game. X-rays were negative, but he has a nasty bruise.
"I was just hoping it wasn't going to hit my face," Chamberlain said.
It has been a bad-luck season for Chamberlain. He dislocated his ankle during spring training while playing on a trampoline with his son and didn't pitch for the Yankees until July 31.
"I don't know if I'd hang out with me very much. I might need a bubble," Chamberlain said. "It happens. Obviously, it's part of the game, you take care of it and hopefully I can get after it Friday. But right now, it's Bat 1, me nothing."
Chamberlain, one of the Yankees' top relievers, had cruised through the 11th inning and probably would have pitched the 12th and 13th inning, if necessary. Instead, the Yankees were forced to bring David Phelps into the game.
Phelps gave up consecutive doubles in the 13th to give the Orioles the victory and force a decisive Game 5.