Yankees put Chapman on DL with rotator cuff inflammation

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The Yankees' charmed start to the season hit a speed bump on Sunday, as Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation.

The Yankees also recalled right-hander Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Sunday's doubleheader.

ESPN reported that Chapman will be reassessed after two weeks, which means that he could be out longer.

Chapman wasted a three-run, ninth-inning lead on May 7 at Chicago Cubs, leaving after two outs and 36 pitches in a game the Yankees won 5-4 in 18 innings.

Chapman, 29, delivered five runs, six walks and 21 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings this season, good for a 3.55 ERA and seven saves.

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NY announced the move before Sunday's doubleheader against the Houston Astros and made it retroactive to Saturday. Chapman initially remained in the game, then was removed after Jose Altuve's single.

"I saw that too", Girardi said of Chapman shaking his arm.

The Yankees first acquired Chapman in the offseason before the 2016 season by taking advantage of the Reds' desperation to trade him because of a domestic violence incident that hung over his head and his large salary.

Chapman later criticized the heavy workload Cubs manager Joe Maddon had given him during the postseason.

The hard-throwing lefty helped the Cubs win the World Series previous year for the first time since 1908. The Yankees will obviously be careful with their $86 million investment, though.

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