Chapman walked one and struck out one in the ninth inning to record his 26th save of the season Saturday against the Indians. Chapman allowed the second batter he faced to reach base but recorded the final two outs via strikeout and flyout respectively. He now ranks third in the American League with 26 saves and has not blown an opportunity since May 4.
Chapman struck out one batter in a perfect inning to secure his 25th save in Thursday's 7-4 win over Cleveland. Yet another strong outing for the hard-throwing lefty, bringing him to 25-for-26 in save chances this season. Chapman owns a terrific 1.38 ERA, allowing just six runs in 39 innings alongside a 67:15 K:BB.
Chapman (knee) will likely be used if a save situation arises Monday in Baltimore, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports. His knee tendinitis is still present, and the plan is for him to attempt to continue to play through the issue for the rest of the season, possibly getting some maintenance days in when possible. Fantasy owners will have to deploy Chapman, given this intel, knowing that he may not get 100 percent of the save chances the rest of the way. David Robertson has emerged as the favorite to close games when Chapman needs a day off.
Chapman (knee) wasn't used in relief during Sunday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in 10 innings. According to Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said prior to the contest that Chapman "might be available," but it was David Robertson who ended up getting the call for the save situation. It may just have been a case where Boone viewed Chapman more as a last-resort option, with the Yankees instead preferring the closer get another day off to recover from the left knee tendinitis that flared up Saturday. Since the issue isn't viewed as a major concern, Chapman's fantasy owners will still probably want to keep him active heading into the new week.
Contrary to previous reports, the injury that forced Chapman to leave Saturday's game against the Blue Jays had nothing to do with his arm but was instead a flare-up of the left knee tendinitis he has been battling in recent weeks, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic New York reports. It remains a concern that Chapman had to leave the game, but the situation doesn't appear nearly as dire as it could have if he were dealing with an arm injury. It sounds as though Chapman could have remained in the game, but manager Aaron Boone decided it wasn't worth leaving him in with the Yankees leading by four. It's not yet clear whether Chapman will need time on the disabled list or just a day or two to rest his knee.