The power returned to the Yankees’ lineup Tuesday. On Wednesday, the power arm returned to the bullpen.
A day after Aaron Judge started his first game in nearly two months, Aroldis Chapman was activated off the disabled list. The hard-throwing closer hasn’t pitched since Aug. 21, when he was forced out of a game with left knee tendinitis.
Chapman worked a simulated game Monday and said Tuesday that he felt good enough to face hitters again.
The simulated game “went as expected, really good,” Chapman said.
He figures to be ready to step back into the closer’s role right away. In his absence, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances had closed games.
The Yankees have 12 games left in the season before a likely wild-card game decides who goes to the ALDS, so Chapman, who has 31 saves in 33 chances, has two weeks to get ready.
Knee discomfort had been a months-long battle for Chapman before the pain became too much. Nearly a month off and platelet-rich plasma injections have him reinvigorated.
“It feels really good and I am happy to see the strength back,” Chapman said. “The rehab I have done and the work has helped me a lot.”
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