When healthy, there are few tasks that Aroldis Chapman can not complete for the New York Yankees. The Yankees team has had an overall healthy start to their 2017 season. Their closer Chapman’s health just took an unexpected turn.
Chapman will not be exiting the month of May injury free. He landed on the injury list, coming as a setback for the Yankees. On Sunday the New York Yankees reliever was placed on the 10-day disabled list, according to The Washington Post.
The reason is due to inflammation of his rotator cuff. He will come as a costly injury in many different ways. At the top of the list is his talent. He is one of the loudest pitchers on the Yankees roster, throwing over 100 MPH with his fastball. In addition to speed, he has something that many pitchers with velocity struggle with, good location.
In financial terms, he will also be putting a dent in the Yankees pocket. Before the season started Chapman inked a large deal with the Yankees, a record-setting one. He signed the largest contract for a closer in baseball history. After he won a World Series with the Chicago Cubs, New York was prepared to pay the price.
There may have been a sign that something was not right with Chapman a few days ago. He was not looking like himself. In his last pair of outings for the Yankees, he struggled. Most recently he surrendered three hits and an earned run in the Yankees 5-1 Friday night loss to the Houston Astros.
During that particular game Chapman was seen shaking his arm. It grabbed the Yankees attention and concern, enough to put him on the disabled list. The last thing the Yankees want is their star closer pitching while being injury. There is high risk involved doing that.
If New York were to let Chapman keep playing, he could aggravate his injury further. In the worst case scenario that would result in more time loss. New York may be crossing their fingers that Chapman can make some solid progress in his recovery while on the disabled list.
After-all, he is an $86 million man over the next fire seasons for New York. This season in 14 appearances wearing pinstripes, he has seven saves, 21 strikeouts in 12 innings of work, and is posting a 3.55 ERA. In the early stages of their season, New York appears to be heading in a good direction. They sit first place of the AL East with a record of 22-13 on the year.
Can the New York Yankees hold first place? Will Chapman be ready to go within 10 days? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod