Manager Aaron Boone said Chapman will serve as the Yankees' closer during Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against Oakland if the club has a lead to protect heading into the ninth inning, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports. Though this doesn't come as any sort of surprise, Boone's statement is notable since Chapman has only recorded one save since mid-August due to a knee injury. Dating back to Sept. 20, Chapman has appeared in five games, during which he allowed three runs in 4.1 innings.
Chapman walked one and struck out two over two-thirds of an inning to notch his 32nd save of the season in Saturday's 8-5 win over the Red Sox. It was the first save since Aug. 14 for the veteran left-hander. Chapman is 32-for-34 in save opportunities and has a 2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 93 strikeouts over 51.1 innings.
Chapman earned his first hold of the season, issuing one walk while striking out two in a scoreless seventh inning Monday against the Rays. Chapman was rocked for three runs in his return from the disabled list Sept. 22 but has since settled in with a pair of scoreless appearances, both coming in the seventh inning. After his frame Monday, Dellin Betances pitched the eighth before Zach Britton closed it out for his seventh save. Manager Aaron Boone may be inclined to keep Chapman in the middle innings this week as he tries to get Chapman back up to speed after a month-long absence due to a knee injury. It seems likely that Chapman will be back in the closer role come the postseason.
Chapman (knee) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against Boston. Chapman will return to the fold after being placed on the disabled list Aug. 22 due to left knee tendinitis. He was able to ramp up activity over the past week, progressing from a side session to a bullpen and finally completing a simulated game Monday. Though he's expected to return to his duties as New York's ninth-inning man, manager Aaron Boone may choose to deploy him in a couple low-leverage spots before thrusting him back into the closing role. Across 50 appearances this year, he's posted a 2.11 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 16.1 K/9.
Chapman (knee) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday or Thursday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Chapman felt good after Monday's simulated game and will return after nearly a month-long absence. He should quickly resume his role as the Yankees' closer, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him receive at least one low-leverage inning since he didn't get to make a rehab appearance.