A somber Joba Chamberlain did not have much to say when he was wheeled out of St. Joseph's Hospital and into a waiting SUV shortly before noon yesterday, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi sounded confident a gruesome ankle injury would not keep Chamberlain out for the entire 2012 season.

"I am optimistic he will pitch for us this year," Girardi said after the Yankees and Tigers played to a 1-1, 10-inning exhibition tie at Steinbrenner Field yesterday. "I saw him Friday. I'm pretty optimistic after talking to him. It's good to see him doing well."