Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
2 months ago

Manager Aaron Boone said Chapman will serve as the Yankees' closer during Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against Oakland should if the club has a lead to protect heading into the ninth inning, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though this doesn't come as any sort of surprise, Boone's statement is notable since Chapman has only recorded one save since mid-August due to a knee injury. Dating back to Sept. 20, Chapman has appeared in five games, during which he allowed three runs in 4.1 innings.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
2 months ago

Chapman allowed no runs, no hits and one walk while pitching two-thirds of an inning to notch his 32nd save of the season in Saturday's 8-5 win over the Red Sox. He recorded two strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Chapman gave up a two-out walk to Ian Kinsler, but struck out two batters to retire the side. It was the first save since Aug. 14 for the veteran left-hander. Chapman is 32-for-34 in save opportunities and has a 2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 93 strikeouts over 51.1 innings.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman earned his first hold of the season, issuing one walk while striking out two in a scoreless seventh inning Monday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Chapman was rocked for three runs in his return from the disabled list Sept. 22 but has since settled in with a pair of scoreless appearances, both coming in the seventh inning. After his frame Monday, Dellin Betances pitched the eighth before Zach Britton closed it out for his seventh save. Manager Aaron Boone may be inclined to keep Chapman in the middle innings this week in order to get him back up to speed after a month-long absence due to a knee injury. It seems likely that Chapman will be back in the closer role come the postseason.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman (knee) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against Boston.

EDGE Analysis

Chapman will return to the fold after being placed on the disabled list Aug. 22 due to left knee tendinitis. He was able to ramp up activity over the past week, progressing from a side session to a bullpen and finally completing a simulated game Monday. Though he's expected to return to his duties as New York's ninth-inning man, manager Aaron Boone may choose to deploy him in a couple low-leverage spots before thrusting him back into the closing role. Across 50 appearances this year, he's posted a 2.11 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 16.1 K/9.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman (knee) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday or Thursday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chapman felt good after Monday's simulated game and will return after nearly a month-long absence. He should quickly resume his role as the Yankees' closer, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him receive at least one low-leverage inning since he didn't get to make a rehab appearance.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman (knee) threw a 22-pitch simulated game Monday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Everything went off without a hitch as Chapman faced Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka. The Yankees will likely wait and see how the closer feels Tuesday, but if everything checks out OK there's a chance he could be cleared to rejoin the bullpen ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Red Sox.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman (knee) tossed a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will advance to a simulated game Monday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The upcoming simulated game could be Chapman's final hurdle before rejoining the Yankees after manager Aaron Boone indicated Tuesday that the closer might return at some point next week. Following Saturday's session, Chapman said his knee "felt fine," which echoes his sentiments following Wednesday's side session. If all goes according to plan Monday, there's a chance Chapman will be available for the club's three-game set against Boston beginning Tuesday.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman (knee) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chapman threw a successful side session Wednesday for his first work off a mound, so he appears to be progressing quite well. Manager Aaron Boone indicated Tuesday that the veteran left-hander could rejoin the Yankees sometime next week, so the results of Saturday's throwing session loom large.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Chapman (knee) could rejoin the Yankees "sometime next week," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chapman threw a side session with no issues Wednesday and is headed back to New York to receive treatment. The flamethrower is expected to throw another side session -- or possibly a simulated game -- in the coming days, and if all goes well he could be cleared to rejoin the Yankees thereafter. Chapman has been out since Aug. 22 with left knee tendinitis.

Aroldis Chapman
RP NYY
3 months ago

Chapman (knee) played catch from 90 feet Friday with no issues, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a significant step for Chapman as he rehabs from left knee tendinitis, which included three PRP injections during the last week of August. The Yankees have previously expressed some doubt the 30-year-old would be able to return in 2018, but Friday's throwing session is certainly a step in the right direction.