Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Yankees put Chapman on DL with rotator cuff inflammation

Yankees put Chapman on DL with rotator cuff inflammation

Pitchers normally don't do that unless something's wrong.

Both roster decisions seem like savvy and the correct ones as the Yankees placed Chapman on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation. "He said he was fine". The Yankees announced the move Sunday, May 14, before the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the Houston Astros.

Chapman will be shut down for two weeks, and general manager Brian Cashman says he believes the pitcher will be out for about a month. I don't know if it's because it's a colder night, windy, not really sure.

What does this DL stint mean?

The Cubs chose to not re-sign Chapman and went a different route by trading Jorge Soler for closer Wade Davis during the offseason. They called up right-hander Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Aside from issuing too many walks, Betances has been tremendous this season. He has a career 2.12 ERA and 657 strikeouts in 389 2/3 innings (15.2 K/9).

He's actually been shaky in three of his last seven outings, starting with an appearance in Boston on April 26, when Chapman needed 33 pitches to close out a 3-1 win against the Red Sox.

Then on Friday night, Chapman allowed a run on three hits over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to Houston.

The closer has struggled in his previous two outings, allowing three runs in a blown save against the Cubs on May 7.

Chapman, 29, signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees last offseason after being traded by the Yankees to the Cubs in July of 2016 and then winning a World Series ring.

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