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The Yankees Aroldis Chapman used IL stints to clean up the delivery mechanism

Cleveland — While Yankees was on the list of injured, it wasn't just Achilles of Arol Dischapman who wanted to get rid of it. 

The left-handed rescuer was activated from IL on Friday after staying for more than 5 weeks to treat the left Achilles tendonitis he was dealing with. However, Yankees used that time to focus on Chapman's delivery. Chapman's delivery was a bit off, and he may have had a hard time before he was on the sidelines. 

Before the Yankees opened the series against the Guardians, manager Aaron Boon said in Progressive Field. "He can be a little wider and a little wider. Then there can be a bit of a contradiction. I'm just trying to keep him short and tight, like playing a catch ball. 

"The key is, first and foremost, to actually own his delivery so he can command the heater." 

Aroldis Chapman
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While Chapman returned to the roster without a defined role — Before Chapman was injured Clay Holmes, which had already begun to emerge as a back-end threat to, was seamlessly taken over in his absence — a better left-handed version is still an important weapon for the Yankees Bullpen. 

After not allowing the first 12 appearances of the season, Chapman abandoned at least one run on each of his last five outings. In other words, there are a total of 6 runs in 3² / ₃ innings. — Before he goes to IL. 

Pitching coach Matt Blake recently had some small things that started sneaking up on "[Chapman's] deliveries that could be affecting his command and speed. ". Chapman's average fastball speed this season was 97.1mph, down from 98.5mph in 2021. 

"Everyone isn't paying as much attention to speed as [reporters]," Chapman said. Friday through an interpreter. "In reality, it has been my mechanic for a long time, so polishing it can't speed up the" X ". it is what it is. You are trying to do your job there. 

Blake said on Friday that Chapman's delivery is "more consistent" with more people in charge, but testing in a real game is the next challenge. He said it would be. 

As for when that happens, Boone wants to lead Chapman into a successful situation and "somewhat regularly" to market him from low-leverage spots to high-leverage opportunities. Said. , Depending on what the game wants. Boone also planned to maintain open communication with veteran rescuers. 

"We have talked and will continue to talk," Boone said. "He deserves it. He has such respect. When we go, we try to be as open as possible towards the game that meets him. But for now. It just puts him back. He's ready for anything. " 

— Additional report by Dan Martin