Joba Chamberlain can consider himself … the unluckiest man … on the face of the earth.

The star-crossed reliever was forced to leave Thursday's game when he was clipped on his surgically repaired right elbow by a broken bat at the start of the 12th inning of the Yankees' 2-1 loss in 13 to the Orioles in Game 4 of the AL division series.

"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 actually believed he was "fortunate" that his initial X-rays came back negative and that he was diagnosed with just an elbow contusion. But the Yankees won't know his availability for the decisive fifth game of the series - or the rest of the playoffs — until the pitcher is re-evaluated Friday.

When asked if the Yankees might consider removing Chamberlain from the 25-man roster before Game 5, thereby eliminating him from the ALCS roster if the Yanks were to advance, Joe Girardi said, "It probably depends how he feels (Friday). We'll have to see."

Either way, this is just the latest bizarre and/or unfortunate incident involving the former first-round draft pick since he burst onto the scene as a lights-out setup man late in the 2007 regular season.