Chapman may not be available out of the bullpen for Friday's day game against the Mariners, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. The flame throwing lefty has pitched two consecutive days and with a matinee game looming Friday, manager Joe Maddon may avoid using Chapman in order to preserve his arm. Chapman recorded a four-out save Thursday, tossing 24 pitches. If he's ultimately unavailable Friday, Hector Rondon would be the likely candidate to take the mound should a save opportunity arise.
Chapman made his Cubs debut Wednesday, coming on with a seven-run lead and striking out two in a perfect ninth against the White Sox. The Cubs didn't need their new closer to preserve a tight one -- they just wanted to give him a chance to get his sea legs under him after Monday's trade, so they tossed him in on the back end of a blowout of their crosstown rivals. The transition to pitching in the NL Central won't be a hard one for Chapman, who spent six seasons with the Reds and should remain one of the top few closers in the game.
The Cubs have added Chapman to the 25-man roster on Tuesday. Chapman will be available to pitch for the Cubs on Tuesday when they take on the White Sox. He will take over the closer's role that was previously occupied by Hector Rondon. The left-hander will add a big boost to an already strong Cubs bullpen.
Chapman was traded to the Cubs on Monday, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reports. Chapman will most likely inherit the ninth-inning duties for the Cubs, overtaking current closer Hector Rondon. The Cubs will be sending top prospect Gleyber Torres, prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Adam Warren and one more player to the Yankees in the deal. There is no initial word if the deal includes an extension with Chapman and the Cubs. On the season, the flame-throwing left-hander owns a 2.01 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 44 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
The Yankees and Cubs are nearing a deal that would send Chapman to Chicago, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. As currently constructed, Chapman would be the only Yankee making the move to the north side of Chicago, while the Yankees would then take the next few days to see if they're able to make up ground in the American League playoff race before going all-in as sellers (or buyers) at the non-waiver trade deadline. Gleyber Torres is believed to be the top prospect involved as part of the package heading to the Bronx, but the full details of the trade will surface after the terms are finalized, perhaps later Monday.