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OAKLAND — Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman has gotten tattoos during the season countless times in his MLB career, so when he decided to add to his collection last week, he thought nothing of it.
Chapman did not know it, but the picture of his sister tattooed on Chapman’s left calf resulted in him being placed again on the injured lists in 2022. It was the latest episode in an otherwise forgettable season.
On Saturday, Chapman was infected by a recent tattoo. On Saturday, the Yankees did not make the same roster move, and Chapman was left with an infected wound from his recent tattoo. They signed veteran reliever Anthony Banda to fill Chapman’s place on the active roster. placed on the 15-day injured list Following New York’s 4-1 loss later that afternoon, splitting the series with Oakland, Chapman was seated at his locker, lounging while his teammates chowed down on their postgame meal in the visitor’s clubhouse. Chapman spoke for the first times about his illness, saying that he is feeling much better and has finally made a comeback after what seemed like a scary few days.
He said, through New York’s interpreter: “I have many tattoos but I’ve never been through anything like that.” I remember talking to the doctor, and he told me that there was an infection. “I had a fever but now I feel better.”
Chapman said that the tattoo was a gift he received during New York’s last homestand, before his 10-game trip. Aaron Boone, Yankees manager had previously explained that Chapman would be available for pitching up to the opening game in Oakland on Thursday. The infection started at that point. Chapman eventually ended up sleeping at the team hotel through the final of this set, which was four games.
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Chapman has had a difficult season, despite his tattoo. The southpaw posted a 7.08 ERA over 24 games and missed a month due to left Achilles tendinitis.
Asked how confident he is that he can return from this infection and finish the year on a high note—before entering free agency this offseason—Chapman assured that he’ll be able to get back on the mound soon for a bullpen, making sure he’s ready to get back into games when his time on the IL is up.
He said, “I don’t believe this will take away too many hours for me.” “I just need to wait for my body and joints to recover so I can resume all of my baseball activities.”
Chapman’s IL time is retroactive to Wednesday. This means the earliest Chapman will be able to return from the injured roster in New York’s homestand in September. It includes a match between the Yankees and the Rays in Bronx.
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