As expected, the Yankees announced on Wednesday that closer Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee. Pitcher Chance Adams has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Chapman left Tuesday’s game against the Marlins with knee pain. He issued a five-pitch walk to Isaac Galloway, then was taken out of the game despite pleading to stay in. Chapman’s velocity was significantly lower than usual, as his fastball was in the mid-90’s rather than the high-90’s.
This season, the 30-year-old Chapman has registered 31 saves with an 84/27 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of work. He’s in the second year of his five-year, $86 million contract.
With David Robertson dealing with a shoulder issue and Zach Britton being somewhat ineffective since being acquired from the Orioles, Dellin Betances figures to be called on for the majority of save chances while Chapman is absent.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.