Aroldis Chapman Should Be Back This Weekend

Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees

TAMPAAroldis Chapman threw a 23-pitch simulated game in Tampa on Wednesday, foregoing his original plan of pitching an inning for the Class-A Tampa Yankees.

Chapman was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment by throwing an inning for the T-Yanks on Tuesday, but their game in Bradenton was rained out. The two teams ended up playing a doubleheader on Wednesday, but Chapman instead threw a sim game because of another iffy weather forecast.

I don’t watch west coast weeknight games. I’m too old and have too much other stuff to do the next day to stay up until 2am because Lewis and Clarke decided to head west and create settlements. Even without watching the games, I know we need some bullpen help. We can’t keep putting Tyler Clippard in spots where he could fail, because he will. Clippard is having a great season statistically, but it feels like we lose every game he pitches in.

Chapman coming back shifts everyone up a spot and takes pressure off guys like Adam Warren and Clippard, who have both struggled in the last month. It minimizes the distance we need out of a rotation that just lost a big piece, and lets guys that are just getting stretched out to 100 pitches not worry about going so deep. Chapman only pitches 1 inning, when we have a lead, but him getting back to the team relieves pressure for the rest of the team and lets us keep cooking.

Chapman needs to get through a test in Trenton on Friday and if all goes to plan he will fly out and join the team before the last game of the road trip on Sunday, and then fly right back to New York. Tough flights. But for $86 million, I would do it too.

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