Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has the coronavirus, according to manager Aaron Boone. Boone also said that his flame-throwing closer that usually throws 100 mph has a mild case of the symptoms.

Boone said that Chapman is “doing well.” It’s not clear when the Cuba native will be able to rejoin his teammates.

New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 MLB Playoffs
Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 MLB Playoffs (Getty Images)

“This is something that even moving forward, a positive test is probably gonna come our way,” Boone said. “It’s about doing all the things that as a whole keep us safe and healthy.”

This was a second test that showed Chapman’s positive test. All the players had to go through a coronavirus test during intake in order to be allowed to practice with their teammates in order to prepare for the new season.

He will be in isolation for the foreseeable future. With the announcement coming on July 11th, Chapman may not be able to join his teammates at the beginning of the 60-game shortened season later this month.

When he does not have the symptoms, he will need to have two negative tests before he will be able to return. Both of the negative teams have to be 24 hours apart from each other.

When the season starts if Chapman is not able to give it a go and miss games, the Yankees will call on Zack Britton to be the closer. Britton is a former closer with the Baltimore Orioles.

Chapman led the Yankees with 37 saves last season. Britton was second with three, while several pitches, including Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, David Hale, Stephen Tarpley, Luis Cessa, and Chance Adams also recorded saves in 2019.

Chapman is 33-26 with a 2.23 ERA in 550 games with 411 games finished and 273 saves. He has given up 146 runs, including 133 earned runs and 27 home runs, on 300 hits over 535 2/3 innings.

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