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Aroldis Chapman left last night’s game with knee pain

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Aroldis Chapman was removed from last night’s Yankees-Marlins game after throwing just six pitches, some of which were several miles per hour slower than his typical velocity. The culprit: his troublesome knee, which he said was causing him considerable pain.

Chapman battled left knee discomfort in early July and skipped the All-Star Game to rest it. For now the Yankees are going to give him an MRI and see what’s what. If he’s placed on the disabled list, Dellin Betances or David Robertson are the most likely choices to fill in at closer.

The Yankees are currently without Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius. What’s one more star on the shelf for the Bombers?

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.