TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman struck out three and walked one in one inning during his first simulated game since going on the 10-day disabled list in mid-May because of a left shoulder injury.
Chapman threw 18 pitches against minor leaguers Saturday at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Florida. The hard-throwing lefty has not pitched in a game since May 12 because of what Yankees manager Joe Girardi has called tendinitis and bursitis in the shoulder.
Girardi said Chapman reached 98 mph with his fastball, and will pitch one inning Tuesday in a Class A rehab outing. Girardi said he thought Chapman was scheduled to throw an inning at Double-A Trenton on Friday.
After that, “hopefully he joins us,” Girardi said.
Chapman is 1-0 with seven saves and a 3.55 ERA in 14 games this season.
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