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.