Aroldis Chapman may not be the Yankees’ closer for much longer.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday Chapman was his closer, but he changed his tune prior to Saturday’s game.
Joe Girardi said he will use Aroldis Chapman “at any point.” The Yankees do “not necessarily” have a set closer.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 19, 2017
Girardi said he will be using Chapman ‘at any point’ now rather than only as his closer. This comes a day after Chapman allowed two hits, a walk and two earned runs in a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox.
Chapman has allowed earned at least a run in each of his last four appearances and two in each of his last three. His ERA has gone from 3.06 on Aug. 11 to 4.29 on Aug. 18.
In the meantime, newly acquired reliever David Robertson has tossed 11 scoreless outings since being acquired from the White Sox and Dellin Betances has had 10 straight scoreless appearances and hasn’t allowed a run since July 25.
The Yankees have options now and Chapman may not be their best option anymore.
In other Yankees news, the team activated CC Sabathia off of the disabled list Saturday and he will start for the Yankees Saturday night at Fenway Park. Jordan Montgomery was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make space for Sabathia on the active roster.
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