Injuries & Moves: Chapman back off IL

July 1st, 2022

Keep track of the Yankees’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

July 1: LHP Aroldis Chapman reinstated off IL
Chapman made his third Minor League rehab appearance on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, tossing a scoreless, hitless inning with two strikeouts. He was activated prior to the Yankees' series in Cleveland. Chapman, who was dealing with left Achilles tendinitis, last pitched in the Majors on May 22. With Clay Holmes succeeding in the closer's role, it remains to be seen how the Yankees will utilize Chapman.

"We'll pick spots and try to get him in spots where he can be successful," said manager Aaron Boone. "That could be anywhere from a high-leverage situation to a mid-leverage to a low-leverage [situation]." -- Bryan Hoch

July 1: RHP Miguel Castro placed on paternity list
In his first season in pinstripes, Castro has a 3.51 ERA in 30 appearances.

June 29: Signed RHP Ryan Weber to a Major League contract and selected him to the 26-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Weber returns to the big leagues after being designated for assignment following a June 15 relief appearance against the Rays that marked his Yankees debut. The 31-year-old has a 2.55 ERA across nine games (five starts) at Triple-A this year.

"He's a guy that can give us some length and protect us in that way," manager Aaron Boone said. "Last time he came up he was right in there and pitched really well for us in a game that we won. He's having a good year down there at Triple-A, so he's a guy that walks in here very comfortable in that situation." -- Bryan Hoch

INJURY UPDATES

Day to day

None.

10-day and 15-day IL

RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: July
Loáisiga tossed his first bullpen session on June 25 at Yankee Stadium; manager Aaron Boone said that he looked “great for his first time back on a mound -- we had to slow him down for his first time back on a mound, like, ‘All right, let’s go a little easier here.’” Loáisiga is scheduled to face hitters this weekend in Tampa, Fla. He last pitched in a game on May 22, then was placed on the injured list on May 25. -- Bryan Hoch (Last updated: June 29)

60-day IL

RHP Domingo Germán (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: July
Germán made his second Minor League rehab start on Tuesday with Double-A Somerset, firing 3 1/3 scoreless innings with two hits allowed against Reading. Germán struck out three without a walk, tossing 43 pitches (29 for strikes). The Yanks' reports said that Germán's curveball was particularly sharp in that outing. His next outing is scheduled for Sunday, again with Somerset. -- Bryan Hoch (Last updated: July 1)

LHP (left ulnar collateral ligament repair)
Expected return: Late 2022
Britton tossed from a bullpen mound at the Yankees' player development complex on June 21, a session that manager Aaron Boone said was “really encouraging.” Britton is expected to travel to New York with the club on Thursday, but he is not close to beginning a Minor League rehab assignment. Boone said that Britton being activated in September is “realistic to think about.” -- Bryan Hoch (Last updated: June 21)

RHP Stephen Ridings (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return:
TBD
Ridings was placed on the 60-day injured list on April 5. He has yet to resume throwing, but the Yankees have said that surgery is not being considered. Asked for an update on Ridings’ progress, manager Aaron Boone said on June 16: “Not much. It feels like it’ll be a while.” -- Bryan Hoch (Last updated: June 16)

RHP Chad Green (right forearm strain)
Expected return:
2023-24
Green underwent right elbow UCL reconstruction and flexor repair surgery on June 3; the procedure went as expected and was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington. Green sustained the injury during a May 19 appearance at Baltimore, then was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 21. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 27. The expected recovery time from Tommy John surgery is typically 12 to 18 months for pitchers. -- Bryan Hoch (Last updated: June 3)

C Ben Rortvedt (knee)
Expected return: July
Rortvedt is said to be doing well after undergoing arthroscopic surgery (a partial meniscectomy or “meniscus cleanup”) on his left knee May 17. The surgery, which went as expected, was performed by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Recovery time to begin playing in games is expected to be six to eight weeks; he could begin baseball activities early in June. Rortvedt was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 22. -- Bryan Hoch (Last updated: May 28)