Alex Rodriguez gets stitches removed from right knee

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It’s too early to claim that Alex Rodriguez is making “progress” from last week’s knee surgery, but everything to this point has gone according to plan.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the third baseman had the stitches removed from his right knee on Thursday in Miami and has been working out this week in a rehab pool.

A-Rod had surgery on July 14 to repair a torn meniscus and is not expected to return to the major leagues until late August, at the earliest.

The Yankees have handed starting third base duties over to Eduardo Nunez in the meantime.

Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances.

Yankees activate Aroldis Chapman

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Yesterday the New York Yankees got Aaron Judge back. Today they activated closer Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman has been on the disabled list since August 22 with left knee tendinitis. Before going down the 30-year-old fireballer registered a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves with an 84/27 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of work.

In his absence David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Zach Britton have all been bumped an inning back to decidedly mixed results. Now Chapman is back in the mix.