CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Yankees reinstated reliever Aroldis Chapman from the injured list Friday after the left-hander missed more than a month with tendinitis in his left Achilles tendon.
Chapman hasn't pitched in the majors since May 22. He made two minor league rehab appearances at Double-A Somerset and one with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
The 34-year-old Chapman was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA and nine saves in 17 games before he was placed on the IL on May 24.
On Thursday in Houston, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he may use Chapman in a variety of roles before he closes again. Boone's goal is to get Chapman “in rhythm” before using him in high-leverage situations.
Even when Chapman is ready, it's unlikely he'll take over closing duties from Clay Holmes, who has been virtually unhittable in that role this season. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA and 14 saves in 35 games.
Before opening a three-game series against the Guardians, the Yankees also placed right-hander Miguel Castro on the paternity list.