Yankees get Aroldis Chapman back as playoffs near

Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman (Getty Images)

With just under two weeks to go before a likely wild-card showdown against Oakland, the Yankees got a key piece of their bullpen back Wednesday.

The team activated Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list after he spent nearly a month on the shelf with left knee tendinitis.

Getting their closer back should help stabilize a bullpen that has had some white-knuckle moments in recent weeks with Dellin Betances and Zach Britton sharing ninth-inning duties. The most recent came Tuesday night when Britton nearly blew a save against the Red Sox before starting a game-ending double play to escape a jam.

Chapman threw 22 pitches in a simulated game Monday and had no complaints. The 30-year-old had two platelet-rich plasma injections in his knee during his DL stint.

He last pitched Aug. 21, walking the only batter he faced after going a week without a game appearance. The Yankees put him on the DL the next day.

Chapman has 24 career postseason appearances, racking up seven saves and a 2.54 ERA while striking out 41 in 28 1/3 innings.