Yankees Place Aroldis Chapman On DL

Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman

The Yankees placed Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with shoulder inflammation, with general manager Brian Cashman expecting the flamethrower to be out around a month. He underwent an MRI on Saturday morning that did not show any evidence of damage to his shoulder.

With the absence of Chapman, it appears Dellin Betances will close, Tyler Clippard will pitch the eighth, and Adam Warren will pitch the seventh. The Yankees are set to reevaluate Chapman in two weeks, but the expectation is that it could be a month or longer before he's ready for an activation.

Chapman's average fastball velocity has dropped from a major league-high 100.9 miles per hour past year to 98.2 miles per hour this season, according to MLB's Statcast. Chapman was checked by a trainer after allowing a two-out, run-scoring single to Josh Reddick.

The Yankees announced the move Sunday, May 14, before the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the Houston Astros.

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Chapman has seven saves, but a 3.55 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season.

Chapman wasted a three-run, ninth-inning lead on May 7 at Chicago Cubs, leaving after two outs and 36 pitches in a game the Yankees won 5-4 in 18 innings.

But when it came time to find a long-term home in free agency, Chapman waltzed right back to the Bronx Bombers on a record-setting five-year deal worth $86 million. The Yankees also recalled Chad Green.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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