Chapman reported to Yankee Stadium for summer camp on Sunday, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports. Chapman was not present at the stadium for the team's first official workout Saturday, though manager Aaron Boone clarified that his absence was simply a matter of not finishing intake protocol. The fireballer's arrival Sunday suggests that he is healthy and ready to resume preparation for the 2020 campaign.
Chapman has been lifting weights and strengthening his legs during MLB's hiatus, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Chapman recently posted a video to his Instagram account demonstrating the workout routine he is using to stay in shape. The 32-year-old will reprise his role as Yankees closer when the regular season resumes.
Chapman made his spring debut in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Orioles, allowing one hit and striking out one in a single scoreless inning. The spring training season began nearly two weeks ago, but the Yankees waited until Friday to give their veteran closer his first live game action of 2020. Per Pete Caldera of USA Today, Chapman evaluated his outing as "a little out of rhythm, but overall good." With Opening Day less than three weeks away, Chapman should see his Grapefruit League workload ramp up in the coming days.
Chapman won't pitch Wednesday against the Phillies as previously reported, but he isn't injured, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. The news is potentially worrisome, but manager Aaron Boone said there was nothing physically wrong with his closer. Chapman threw a bullpen session Wednesday instead of pitching in the game and could make his Grapefruit League debut Friday against the Orioles.
Chapman will make his spring debut Wednesday against the Phillies, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Chapman hasn't reportedly been battling any injuries, so his delayed start to Grapefruit League action seems to be little more than a 10-year veteran knowing just how many innings he needs to get ready for the regular season. Chapman's 7.7-point drop in strikeout rate last season would be concerning for many pitchers, but when that number still comes in at an excellent 36.2 percent, there's little reason to worry.
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