Joba Chamberlain is preparing for his return to Yankee Stadium this summer

Famed New York Yankees hurler Joba Chamberlain threw off a mound in Tampa yesterday for the first time since dislocating his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline with his son on March 22

Chamberlain, who needed surgery and was in a cast for six-weeks, made 25 throws in a batting cage at the Yankees’ minor league complex in the “Cigar City.”

“It felt good,” said Chamberlain, 26, who has amassed a 20-13 record with a 3.70 ERA for his career since debuting with the Bombers in August 2007. “Another step forward. That’s all you can do.”

The powerful Native American, who in January signed a one-year non-guaranteed contract worth approximately $1.675 million, is also still rehabilitating from elbow replacement surgery and wasn’t even expected to take the hill until June at the earliest prior to suffering the nearly catastrophic incident this spring.

When asked if he would pitch this season on East 161st and River Avenue, Chamberlain responded emphatically.

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