Aroldis Chapman was throwing on the field before the first match of the series against Ray at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake said this was the second time the close had thrown off the mound and that he would need another session before he was ready to face the hitters.
“So the biggest thing is to focus on his delivery straight to get him to play and not rotating too much,” Blake said. “And I felt like he made a lot of progress over the past week or two as he got used to focusing on these things in his throwing schedule.”
Chapman has been on the injured list with an Achilles problem, but it has kept him on hold for about a week and a half. He has used his time at IL to work on his delivery. In the last five matches he had pitched before moving on to IL, Chapman had scored in each. He allowed six earned runs in the pitch’s 3.2 innings.
Blake said Chapman threw 25 pitches on Tuesday, all of which were hitting 96- to 98-mph. He had a few balls, which has been a problem in the past.
“I think it was probably about the B, B-minus command, all things considered, but that’s better than what we’re getting,” Blake said. “So it’s just a process for him. Maybe another bullpen has been found and we’ll see where he is.”
In his absence, Clay Holmes played the role of close and did very well. Holmes has not allowed a run in more than 26 matches in his last 28 straight innings.
It was a chance to bring Matt Carpenter back into the lineup, with Josh Donaldson serving his one-game suspension Tuesday night for his “derogatory comments” to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. He went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 2-0 win over the Rays
“I mean, he has been great. And it means a lot to come out today,” Boone said. “Get another lefty bat in there (Giancarlo Stanton) Being in the outfield so well prepared Is.”
The 36-year-old infielder has eight hits in limited time as the Yankees and six of them are home runs. He is coming out of a game on Sunday when he was an emergency starter and went out and hit a double to drive in two home runs and seven runs.
“Strength and patience,” Boone said of the carpenter. “When he came to us, he was at home and stayed at home for several days and immediately we saw good batting. And then this past week, he really didn’t play much. And he goes there the other day and the quality of the bat is the same. So it’s been impressive.”
Catcher Jose Trevino, who was scratched late on Sunday due to a back problem, was back in the lineup on Tuesday night. He went 0-for-3.
“I’m not too worried about it. I thought he probably could have played on Sunday, but with the day off, felt it was the right thing to do, especially coming out of that night’s game,” Boone told Trevino in a previous issue. Said about. “So yeah, we’re going to continue to monitor that. And hopefully, it’s something that’s not a big deal.” This is the seventh time in a row—and ninth overall—that Trevino has caught Gerrit Cole, who used Kyle Higashioka as his personal catcher. Cole has a 3.28 ERA with Trevino at the back of the plate and 4.25 in four games caught by Higashioka.
Trevino’s bat has been the deciding factor in getting him more time to play. Trevino is hitting .440/.472/.800 in his last 18 matches with doubles, triples, five home runs and 15 RBIs.
Loisiga back on track
Jonathan Loisiga, who is on IL with shoulder swelling, began his throwing program on Monday. The right-handed batsman was delayed by a week due to a trip to his native Nicaragua to deal with a personal matter.
“He threw it yesterday and threw it today,” Boone said. “So he’s doing well now that he’s starting to progress in his throwing.”