The IL move, retroactive to Friday, comes after Chapman allowed two baserunners in the ninth inning Thursday before closing out a win over the Seattle Mariners for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities. Chapman didn’t get into the game Friday night, when the Yankees used nine pitchers in a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Mariners.
Chapman, who made his seventh All-Star Game this season, is 5-3 in 43 appearances in 2021 with a 3.63 ERA, which would be a career worst. He had lost his closer’s job after allowing three runs on July 4 in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets and had a 10.80 ERA in 15 appearances before returning to closing July 20 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Since regaining his closer’s job, Chapman, 33, has converted seven straight saves and has a 1.13 ERA in eight appearances.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees recalled right-hander Nick Nelson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Nelson is 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in 10 appearances (two starts) for New York this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman placed on IL with left elbow inflammation
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