(AP) — OAKLAND, Calif. Aroldis Chapman, a reliever for the New York Yankees, was put on the 15-day injured list on Saturday. He got an infection in his leg from a new tattoo, which led to the injury.
Before his team’s game against the Oakland Athletics, manager Aaron Boone said that Chapman’s leg hurt on Thursday after he got a tattoo earlier in the week. The seven-time All-Star spent Friday and Saturday at the team hotel getting antibiotics and treatment.
Boone said, “It’s still important enough.” “He was infected pretty badly.“
Chapman hasn’t pitched since August 19, when he let Toronto score one run in 1/3 of an inning. Boone said that Chapman was ready to pitch up until Thursday, right before the start of the first game of the series against the A’s. The change goes back to August 24.
Boone said he doesn’t think this will be a problem for a long time, but they need to wait to find out how much time Chapman will miss.
“I hope he feels better in a few days,” Boone said. “We just need to get a handle on it. In the last few days, it got a little bit worse.”
Boone said he didn’t mind if Chapman got a tattoo in the middle of the season.
“I find it hard. I don’t have any body art. “That’s up to each person,” Boone said. “This is more of a bad situation that got worse and turned into an infection. My main goal is to make him happy.”
Early in the season, Chapman was shaky, and he lost his job as the Yankees’ closer when he got tendinitis in his left Achilles and had to miss almost six weeks. Since he came back to the team in early July, he has made 19 appearances and has struck out 20 batters in 16 2/3 innings. His ERA is 5.40.
The veteran left-handed pitcher has made 36 appearances for the AL East leaders this year, going 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA and nine saves.
The Yankees couldn’t get anyone to the West Coast by Saturday, so they didn’t make a change to their roster right away. Boone thinks the team will get a new player in the next day or two.