Aroldis (elbow inflammation) to IL; MRI OK

August 7th, 2021

NEW YORK -- The Yankees’ bullpen took a hit on Saturday afternoon, when the team placed left-hander on the 10-day injured list because of left elbow inflammation. New York also recalled right-hander from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Chapman last pitched Thursday against the Mariners, tossing one shutout inning and picking up his 23rd save of the season. Chapman’s elbow problems date back to the series against the Marlins last week. He had an MRI, but it didn’t reveal any structural damage.

“It’s going to be a few days of no throwing. He should be able to ramp up from there,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I’m hopeful that on that 10th day, he is activated. It's just a little bit of inflammation.”

With Chapman out, the Yankees will have a closer-by-committee, which will include Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga and Zack Britton.

“It depends on any given night. They are all guys I feel [that can handle the closer’s role],” Boone said. “[Albert] Abreu closed it out last night. All hands on deck.”

As for Nelson, he was with the Yankees earlier this season, allowing 14 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings. He will be a member of the bullpen.

Worth noting
Right-hander Corey Kluber threw 42 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday. Boone thought he pitched well but looked tired toward the end of the session.

Kluber was able to throw his cutter and slider without any problems. Boone also thought Kluber’s fastball had good movement and life.

Kluber is currently on the 60-day disabled list because of a right subscapular strain.