The Yankees got the news they expected yesterday -- Joba Chamberlain needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and his season is over.

Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews reviewed Chamberlain's MRI exam results and confirmed the Yankees fears that surgery was the only option to repair the torn ligament in Chamberlain's elbow. He will have the surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.

Chamberlain tried to stay positive as he stared at a rehabilitation process that will keep him out for at least the next 12 to 16 months.

"This is a surgery that a lot of people have," Chamberlain said before the Yankees' 11-7 victory over the Indians last night. "People understand that you can come back from this. Surgery is just one-third of it. The rehab is two-thirds of what's going on. That's an important part, and the most important part."