The Yankees placed left-hander Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation, the team announced on Sunday. The move is retroactive to May 13. Chapman appeared to have some discomfort on the mound during Friday’s outing, but an MRI revealed no significant structural damage to his shoulder. According to pregame comments made by general manager Brian Cashman, the lefty will be out for at least two weeks, and is expected to miss up to a month during the rehab process.
Chapman, 29, delivered five runs, six walks and 21 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings this season, good for a 3.55 ERA and seven saves. He’s looking to build on an impressive run in 2016, when he split the season between the Yankees’ and Cubs’ bullpens and produced a cumulative 1.55 ERA and 36 saves over 58 innings. This is the first time he’s gone on the DL for a rotator cuff injury since 2011, when he missed 39 days with a similar bout of shoulder inflammation during his second year with the Reds.
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. Betances has been lights-out during 13 relief appearances this season, maintaining an 0.77 ERA while allowing one run, nine walks and striking out 22 of 48 batters faced in 11 2/3 innings.
The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.
O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.
I’ve been out of the baseball card game for a good long time, but despite this — maybe because of this — I enjoy the posts from SABR’s Baseball Card Committee. A lot of that is old time stuff that old men like me enjoy — check out the airbrushing on the “Traded” cards! — but they talk about new cards too. Definitely worth your time if cards are now or have ever been your bag.
Today there’s an interesting post, pointing out something most of us wouldn’t have otherwise noted: Topps has dropped Chief Wahoo from Indians card designs. They’re doing it for the old Braves “screaming Indian” logo as well, though the Braves no longer use that themselves.
They’re not airbrushing these logos out of photos of players — that would be Orwellian even for my extreme Wahoo-hating tastes — but in card designs which have team logos, Topps is using the block-C logo, not Wahoo, and the Braves “A” logo in place of the old logo. This includes throwback issues like the Heritage sets which put modern players on card designs from the 1950s-1960s and on simple retro designs like their 1987 variations. Any cards which once featured Wahoo on the border or on the back now features the block-C.
As you may or may not know, Topps is now the official card producer for Major League Baseball. As such, I take their doing this as a sign that MLB is continuing the slow process of de-Chiefing in whatever areas it has ultimate say.
Now if only the Indians themselves would get on board.