CHICAGO -- In Tuesday's 4-3, 13-inning win over the White Sox, the Yankees called upon new acquisition Zach Britton for the 10th-inning save opportunity instead of Albertin Chapman, raising the question if New York's $86 million closer had sustained an injury.But Chapman simply needed an extra day of rest following
CHICAGO -- In Tuesday's 4-3, 13-inning win over the White Sox, the Yankees called upon new acquisition Zach Britton for the 10th-inning save opportunity instead of Albertin Chapman, raising the question if New York's $86 million closer had sustained an injury.
But Chapman simply needed an extra day of rest following Sunday's outing against the Red Sox, in which he threw 39 pitches, eclipsing his previous season high of 26. Not appearing in the four games prior to that compounded the problem, Chapman said.
"It's just overall being sore from the amount of pitches on Sunday," Chapman said on Wednesday through a team interpreter. "When that happens it takes a little bit longer, when you have a longer outing, to recuperate. If you're in there every other day, it's easier, and that's all."
Feeling fully rested, Chapman was available for the finale at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"He's good to go. The plan is he'll be hot, and he'll be our closer," manager Aaron Boone said.
Britton ended up allowing a game-tying two-run homer to Jose Abreu in that 10th inning, blowing his first save with his new team.
Chapman doesn't have an ideal number of days he tries to rest if, for example, he either pitches in several consecutive games or isn't used in a few days.
"It's hard to say, because it all depends on the usage and what part of the season you're in," Chapman said. "It depends on the amount of pitches per outing, it depends on the days, so it's hard to say. You do the best you can to find the right rhythm."
That being said, pitching in the Yankees' bullpen gives Chapman the luxury of always getting rest when he needs it due to the number of experienced relief arms, he said.
"They're doing a great job of managing everybody's time," he said. "The managing of all the bullpen players has been great."
Torres still working through things
Gleyber Torres returned from a hip injury on July 25 but has struggled at the plate since.
In 13 games (12 starts) since being activated, Torres is hitting just .178/.296/.400. Despite showing some power with three home runs, his at-bats have still been just a little bit off.
"I thought in Boston, he hit a couple balls on the screws right at guys, the sac fly, the big sac fly he had was a liner," Boone said. "He's fouled off some pitches where he's had a pretty aggressive swing on ... a pitch [where] maybe he could do damage, so instead of putting it in play hard, he's fouled some of those pitches off.
"But I don't think he's far off from where he is, especially with the home runs we've seen from him. I think just getting the ball back in play when he does get a good pitch to hit will be the key for him."
Boone impressed, but no fan of robberies
In each of the Yankees' first two games against the White Sox, Chicago center fielder Adam Engel took a home run away from a New York hitter.
On Monday he denied Greg Bird. On Tuesday he brought one back to rob Kyle Higashioka. Though Boone has been impressed by Engel's play, he joked he is "not a big fan" of the catches.
"I don't like them," Boone said. "No, they've been terrific. I was trying to get someone to dig up how many home runs we've had robbed against us this year, and I think it's a lot. But those were two great plays; last night might have been a little bit better.
"And the times, they're coming at critical times in the game, obviously, so terrific plays. But not a big fan of them."
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.