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Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Aroldis Chapman placed on DL with rotator cuff inflammation

Aroldis Chapman placed on DL with rotator cuff inflammation

Yankees placed LHP Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 13, with left rotator cuff inflammation.

"I go by the fact that he was throwing 100 (MPH), he just wasn't as effective, but nothing had been a concern until postgame Friday", the GM said.

Chapman has seven saves, but a 3.55 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season. "He looked good this spring and has had no issues, and I think he feels it's similar to what he experienced with the Reds (in 2011)".

According to MLB's Statcast, Chapman's average fastball velocity has slightly dipped from 100.9 miles per hour past year to 98.2 in 2017.

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. I don't know if it's because it's a colder night, windy, not really sure. He gave up a run, then struck out Josh Rutledge with two on for the final out and briefly grabbed his left elbow while walking off the field with catcher Austine Romine. The left-hander was traded by the Yankees to the Cubs last July, helped Chicago win its first World Series title since 1908, then became a free agent and signed an $86 million, five-year contract with the Yankees, the richest deal ever for a relief pitcher.

Chapman, who was signed to the largest deal for a closer in baseball history before this season, had struggled in his last two outings, most recently giving up three hits and an earned run in a 5-1 loss Friday night to Houston.

Chapman later criticized the heavy workload Cubs manager Joe Maddon had given him during the postseason.

"I think Dellin is probably welcoming the challenge", Girardi said Sunday.

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