Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will undergo an MRI on his knee following his exit from Tuesday night’s 12th-inning appearance against the Marlins after throwing only six pitches.
Manager Aaron Boone confirmed to reporters after a 2-1 win that Chapman felt pain in the same area of his left knee as he did in July, when he also exited a relief appearance.
Aaron Boone said Aroldis Chapman felt pain in the same spot as before. It was enough for him to call them to the mound. Expected to have MRI.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 22, 2018
Speaking to reporters after the game, Chapman, 30, said (via Yankees.com): “It’s worrisome, but we have to wait till (Wednesday) and see what happens.”
Chapman has a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves. The left-hander has been dealing with the knee problem for most of the season but described Tuesday night’s discomfort as “more than usual.”
Aroldis Chapman is leaving the game for the Yankees in the top of the 12th with an injury ? #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/PCM7sOwYmI
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Chapman walked Isaac Galloway on five pitches, then threw one more to Rafael Ortega before he called for Boone and trainers to come to the mound.
“Usually, it’s not really an issue for us,” Boone said. “But for him to call us out there, obviously we needed to get him out of there.
“He has managed it so well this year. We haven’t seen it affect him. For him to call us out where it was affecting him, yeah, it is a huge concern. A huge part of our club, of huge importance to the back end [of the bullpen].”
Chapman was replaced by Tommy Kahnle, who closed out the victory.
The 30-year-old was placed on the 10-day DL Wednesday.
The Yankees (79-46) are eight games back of the first-place Red Sox after Tuesday’s play and hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Astros and A’s in the AL wild-card race.