Yankees' Chapman leaves game after knee flare-up

Reuters

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was removed from Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays due to an ongoing issue with left knee tendinitis.

He is day-to-day.

The 30-year-old veteran opened the ninth inning by whiffing Randal Grichuk before giving way to Chasen Shreve, who allowed a run and got the final two outs of the Yankees' 8-5 win.

New York manager Aaron Boone said that his dominant left-hander experienced a "flare-up" of the lingering tendinitis that has plagued him over the past couple months. Boone mentioned that the knee discomfort has not affected Chapman's performance, but the skipper did not want his closer to risk further injury with the Yankees holding a four-run lead in the ninth inning.

Chapman has enjoyed an All-Star-caliber season thus far, going 3-0 with 24 saves in 25 chances and a 1.42 ERA in 39 appearances. The nine-year veteran has been nearly untouchable, allowing just six runs and 17 hits in 38 innings with 66 strikeouts. He had not pitched since tossing a scoreless inning against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, the third straight game in which he appeared.

The four-time All-Star is one pace to finish with an ERA lower than 2.00 for the fourth time in his career. Chapman is 30-24 with a 2.15 ERA and 228 saves in his major league career spent with the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs and the Yankees.

--Field Level Media

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