Yankees P Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) Expected Back Friday


June 29

According to New York Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch, star reliever Aroldis Chapman is expected to rejoin the club’s bullpen for Friday’s contest against the Cleveland Guardians.

Sidelined since May 24 with Achilles tendinitis, Chapman completed his final rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out two of the three batters he faced on 13 pitches. 

The 34-year-old has appeared in seven games for the Yankees this season, recording nine saves with a 3.86 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 14.0 innings.

However, Chapman is not expected to assume his usual ninth-inning role upon his return, instead likely serving as a setup man to new closer Clay Holmes. Speaking Monday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Holmes “has certainly earned that closer role” and that he and Chapman will form a “back-end monster.”

In 34 appearances, Holmes has pitched to a 0.50 ERA while racking up 13 saves.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Yankees at -350 on the moneyline for Wednesday’s matchup against the Oakland A’s.

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