The hits just keep on coming for the Yankees. One day after adding Didi Gregorius to the disabled list, the Yankees have placed Aroldis Chapman on the DL. This is the latest in a long list on injuries to the Yankees’ stars, one that also includes Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. TheB Bombers called up Chance Adams from Triple-A to take Chapman’s place.
Chapman was removed from the 12th inning of last night’s game against the Marlins with soreness in his knee. He issued a leadoff walk and quickly motioned to the dugout before ultimately leaving the game. This puts a halt to a strong season from the left-hander, who had maintained a 2.11 ERA and 1.84 FIP in 47 innings.
It’s unclear how long the Yankees will go without their closer. Chapman has been dealing with pain for much of the season, but has managed to produce nonetheless. Manager Aaron Boone has acknowledged that mere rest probably won’t be enough get Chapman back to full health:
Earlier this season, Aaron Boone expressed doubt that rest alone would help Aroldis Chapman’s knee get better. Talked about it in terms of a pain tolerance issue. Now, Chapman on DL.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 22, 2018
Adams, meanwhile, will get another shot to contribute. The 23-year-old made his major-league debut earlier this month when he pitched a spot start against the Red Sox. He held his own, limiting an elite Boston lineup to three hits and three runs in five innings. Adams has struggled after his brief cameo in the bigs, however, giving up ten runs along with eight walks across his past two starts in the minors.
Hopefully, the right-hander can straighten things out and provide a boost to the bullpen. With Chapman injured, along with David Robertson dealing with shoulder tenderness, Zach Britton working to regain form, and A.J. Cole regressing rapidly, the Yankees could use another power arm in relief. It remains to be seen if the former top prospect is up to the task.