Yankees closer Alrodis Chapman goes to 10-day DL

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman went on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday for knee tendinitis. 

Chapman was supposed to come in and close out the 12 inning against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday but called for the trainer after throwing only six pitches. 

“(Tuesday) was more than usual; the pain was just more,” Chapman said through an interpreter. “That’s why I decided to call the trainers out. It was more than what I’ve encountered lately.”

Chapman said he has been dealing with knee issues since May. He had to skip the MLB All-Star Game because of it was affecting him on a July 8 game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Previously, I’ve been able to pitch with it, to manage it,” Chapman said. “When I got out there, it was just more than usual. Maybe too much pressure on the knee, I don’t know. … The pain was more than usual.

“The discomfort is constant. When I’m pitching and I use my legs and I put more effort into my legs, my knees, then you feel it more.”

Tommy Kahnle came in to finished the inning and get his first save of the season. It was his 200th career appearance. The South Florida native made his MLB debut in Marlins Park on April 3, 2014 with the Colorado Rockies after the team selected him from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft. 

Essentially his career came full circle. 

“It’s funny I made my 200th and made my debut here,” TK said. “It’s pretty intriguing.”

Chapman said on Wednesday that he is going to see the doctor on Friday and take it from there. He believes that rest and treatment will be enough to get back on the mound. 

His famous fastball averaged 96 mph on Tuesday’s appearance, his lowest since 2013. He is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves in 50 appearances this year but if he can’t his fastball up to triple-digits like he is used to, then there will surely be concerns going into the playoffs.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone doesn’t think the DL stint will be longer than usual, as he expects him to be available come crunch time, 

“I’m confident the he’s going to play a huge factor for us down the stretch and into the postseason,” Boone said.

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A graduate of the University of Arizona (2008-2013), Tony Capobianco covered sports from preps to pros since 2011 from the Tucson Citizen to Miami Herald to most recently with the Enid News & Eagle. The "Cuban Cowboy" took a first pitch to the nuts and lived to laugh at the viral video. Follow him @TonyCapobianco

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