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Aroldis Chapman lands on 10-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation

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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.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.