Chamberlain's father breathing on own

Joba has missed four straight games
April 18, 2008 11:08:51 AM PDT
Joba Chamberlain's father is breathing on his own and feeling better, no longer needing a ventilator but still in critical condition and awaiting more tests.Chamberlain was to miss his fifth consecutive game Friday night while attending to his stricken father in Nebraska. The hard-throwing reliever left the New York Yankees on Monday and was placed on the bereavement list, a day after Harlan Chamberlain collapsed at home.

"After several difficult days, my father is feeling much better," Chamberlain said in a statement issued be the team. "He is still in the critical care unit of the hospital and more tests await him, but he is off the ventilator and breathing on his own. Each day he's acting more and more like himself, and he's even giving people grief - myself included - because the hospital doesn't carry Yankees games on television."

New York isn't sure when its setup man will rejoin the team.

"When things like this occur in life, you certainly take notice of how much your teammates become more like family members," Chamberlain said. "Their unconditional support, along with that of so many fans, has made a very tough time easier to deal with."

"Everyone's love has been felt by my entire family, and it has brought great comfort to us when we have needed it most," he added. "I look forward to being reunited with my manager, coaches and teammates so I can thank each of them personally for all that they have done for my family."