MLB: Yankees place Aroldis Chapman on IL due to leg tattoo infection
The New York Yankees placed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day injured list Saturday evening after a recent tattoo caused an infection in his leg.
The move was retroactive to Wednesday.
Chapman, 34, hasn’t appeared in a game for New York since Aug. 19, when he gave up a run on two walks and a hit in 1/3 of an inning. The slumping left-hander previously lost the Yankees’ full-time closer job and also spent a stint on the IL earlier this year with an Achilles injury.
Chapman is 2-3 with a career-worst 4.70 ERA in 36 games this season. He has nine saves, 35 strikeouts and 22 walks in 30 2/3 innings.
Manager Aaron Boone said it didn’t upset him that Chapman required an IL stint at this point in the season for something unrelated to baseball.
“It’s a personal choice,” Boone said. “Usually it’s a safe thing, but he has to deal with it, unfortunately.”
–Field Level Media