Chamberlain expects to pitch in majors this year

March 27, 2012 - 6:07 PM
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain uses crutches as he leaves a news conference during which he talked about his recent foot injury, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Chamberlain injured his ankle jumping on a trampoline with his son while he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain says he fully expects to recover from his trampoline injury and pitch in the majors this season.

Chamberlain spoke Tuesday at the Yankees' spring training complex about last week's accident that left him with a dislocated right ankle. He is on crutches and will be in a cast for six weeks.

Chamberlain says he feels he let the team down. But he also says he's not second-guessing himself for playing with his 5-year-old son at a Tampa-area recreation spot.

The 26-year-old righty says he didn't break any bones and has been free of infection.

Chamberlain was in camp this spring working his way back from elbow ligament replacement surgery last year. He had been expected to return in June or July before his accident.