Yankees put Chapman on DL with rotator cuff inflammation

Jonathan Hernandez
May 15, 2017

The Yankees' charmed start to the season hit a speed bump on Sunday, as Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation.

The Yankees recalled pitcher Chad Green from Triple-A to bolster their bullpen in Chapman's absence. Then, on Friday, Chapman gave up a run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning to the Astros. Either way, the Yankees' calling card is their offense-currently the best in the American League-and a month without Chapman shouldn't be enough to significantly impact the success that comes from that.

NY said in a statement that Chapman has rotator cuff inflammation in his left shoulder.

Girardi noted that Betances is looking forward to the challenge of finishing out games after enduring some hiccups in ninth inning when Chapman and Andrew Miller were traded away two the Cubs and Indians, respectively, last summer.

On the year, Chapman is seven for eight in save chances with a 3.55 ERA, but the ERA was 0.79 two outings ago.

"I believed that it was going to go away with the treatment that I was getting", Chapman said through a translator. The left-hander initially remained in the game, then was removed after allowing a single to Jose Altuve.

While neither Chapman nor the Yankees expect to be without their star closer for long, they'll turn to setup man Dellin Betances in the interim.

After the season, Chapman returned to the Yankees, signing a five-year deal worth $85 million dollars (77 million euros).

Chapman stayed in the game, and Girardi later said the lefty had no pain or discomfort.

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