OAKLAND, Calif. — In the latest chapter of Aroldis Chapmanof the disappointing 2022 season, the New York Yankees placed their former closest on the 15-day injured list because of what manager Aaron Boone called “a pretty bad infection” on Chapman’s leg, resulting from a new tattoo.
Boone revealed ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics that the left-handed reliever, who was demoted after Clay Holmes took over the closest role in May, would be placed on the injured reserve list for the second time this season, this time having to deal with a serious leg infection. Chapman missed 35 games earlier in the year (May 24 to June 30) with left Achilles tendonitis.
“[Chapman’s] has a leg infection right now. Hopefully we’ll kind of knock him out and be able to deal with it for the last few days, but it’s still pretty big, from a tattoo he recently got; he’s got a really bad infection in there,” Boone explained ahead of Saturday’s game against the A’s. “He was actually at the hotel yesterday [Friday], still back to hotel now. We treat it with antibiotics and things like that. So he has an infection that he’s dealing with that’s going to force him into IL.”
Chapman was with the team at Oakland Coliseum for Game 1 of the four-game series against the Athletics on Thursday, but was unavailable to pitch due to increased leg discomfort.
“We treat it with antibiotics and things like that,” Boone added. “Hopefully he will be better in several days. We can backdate this by a few days, but we have to go about it and get rid of the infection. The situation has gotten a bit worse over the last couple of days.”
A person familiar with the situation told ESPN that the Yankees are legitimately concerned about the current status of Chapman’s leg infection and have not ruled out a potential visit to a local hospital near the hotel. team in downtown San Francisco.
As to whether there was a level of frustration with Chapman, with him having put his physical health at risk by getting a tattoo during the season, Boone called getting a tattoo something that doesn’t usually lead to additional complications.
“I don’t have tattoos. It’s a personal choice [but] usually a pretty safe thing to deal with,” Boone said. “It’s more of an unfortunate situation that turned into an infection. My goal is to try to prove him right and help him.”
Opposing batters are .164 batting average (9 for 55) against Chapman in his last 19 appearances since returning from the disabled list on July 1. Chapman, whose last appearance was Aug. 19 against Toronto, has a 4.70 ERA in 36 games this season.
Boone said the Yankees, who hadn’t flown a taxi team to Oakland, didn’t switch teams because it would have been logistically impossible to send a player to the West Coast in time for the game. Saturday night. The move was further justified knowing that reliever Clay Holmes (lower back stiffness) still needs to be activated off the injured reserve heading into Monday’s series in Anaheim.
“We’ll just monitor the situation today,” Boone said of whether the Yankees would call another pitcher for Sunday’s series finale in Oakland. “If we need someone for tomorrow, maybe we’ll cross that bridge.”
In other Yankees injury news, catcher Jose Trevino repeated the refrain “I’m fine” multiple times when asked how he felt after being hit by a 94mph fastball to his right big toe in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 3-2 win Friday night on Athletics.
“Getting hit by a baseball hurts; shake it off and come back,” Trevino said of the pain in his right toe.
Trevino was replaced by Kyle Higashioka in the ninth inning Friday night, and Higashioka also started at catcher Saturday. Boone said Trevino would likely only be available “in case of emergency” for Game 3 of the series, adding that Higashioka would also likely be behind the plate on Sunday.
And although Trevino is still very sore, according to Boone, the team was encouraged after the X-rays came back negative.
“Hopefully it’s something that’s just an everyday affair,” Boone said. “It’s lucky we dodged something serious.”