Report: Aroldis Chapman Cleared to Return to Yankees

Marly Rivera reports that Aroldis Chapman is clear to return to the Yankees. Like with DJ LeMahieu before him, that means that Chapman meets the following three criteria:

  • Tested negative on two separate COVID-19 tests taken more than 24 hours apart,
  • Has not had a fever in 72 hours, and,
  • Is not considered a risk to spread the virus to his teammates, as determined by a team physician, two doctors, and a non-medical rep from MLB and MLPBA.

The Yankees closer tested positive for COVID-19 before appearing in any intrasquad or exhibition games. He’s been on the shelf since July 11, though he’s been frequently working out on his own. That at least suggests that he feels physically fine despite testing positive for the virus.

The flamethrower will be a welcome addition to the Yankee pen, which may or may not be down Tommy Kahnle for a period of time. Chapman threw to a 2.21 ERA (2.28 FIP) with 85 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched for the Yankees last year before signing an extension with the Yankees that will keep in him pinstripes until 2022.

How long it will take him to return, though, remains an open question. Again, he didn’t make any camp appearances aside from one bullpen. Odds are he’s still at least a week away, and probably two. More to come as we learn more.

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1 Comment

  1. MikeD

    Good to hear. He barely pitched in Spring Training 1.0, and none in Summer Camp 2.0. He’s probably at least two weeks off. Physically he’s in shape. He’ll need some appearances at Camp Getaway before joining the Yankees.

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