Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman placed on IL with elbow issue after shaky outing

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has landed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation after a shaky outing Thursday. The team called up Nick Nelson in a corresponding move.

After a shaky outing Thursday night, Aroldis Chapman has landed on the injured list.

The Yankees placed the closer on the 10-day IL Saturday with left elbow inflammation, calling up Nick Nelson to take his spot in the bullpen before continuing a series against the Mariners in The Bronx.

Chapman threw 30 pitches Thursday against the Mariners and struggled with his fastball command. He recorded his seventh straight save but flirted with disaster first, allowing a walk and a single to bring the go-ahead run to the plate before getting out of it with a deep fly ball to left field.

The left-hander was one of only two relievers who did not pitch in Friday’s bullpen game, as nine arms combined for a 3-2 win.

Chapman’s absence comes at a time when the Yankees, while chasing a playoff spot and playing their best baseball of the season, are already missing Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Gary Sanchez because of COVID-19 protocols.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the IL.
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After a strong start to the season, Chapman went through a brutal stretch from June to early July in which he got tagged for 14 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings with nine walks to six strikeouts. He had begun to get his season back on track since then, though Thursday’s dicey save hinted that something might be off.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Greg Joyce

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