New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman placed on IL as infielder DJ LeMahieu misses 7-6 victory

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman placed on IL as infielder DJ LeMahieu misses 7-6 victory

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees placed closer Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day injured list because of left Achilles tendinitis on Tuesday, a busy day for injuries with the first-place team in the American League East.

Infielder DJ LeMahieu was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game vs. the Baltimore Orioles because of left wrist discomfort, and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton was pulled from the game because of right calf tightness.

The short-handed Yankees were forced to rally as backup catcher Jose Trevino drove in the winning run in the 11th inning to secure a 7-6 victory and snap a three-game skid.

Chapman had an MRI on the Achilles on Sunday night, and results were negative. He allowed a tiebreaking homer to AJ Pollock in the ninth inning of New York’s loss to the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday. The seven-time All-Star has now allowed runs in five straight appearances, the longest streak of his career. He is 0-2 with nine saves and 3.86 ERA this season.

LeMahieu was set to lead off and play third base against the Orioles, but New York announced he wouldn’t play about 90 minutes before first pitch. The two-time batting champion is hitting .250 with three homers and a .704 OPS this season. He’s 5-for-39 (.128) over his past 10 games.


Marwin Gonzalez replaced LeMahieu at third base, and Aaron Hicks was bumped up to the leadoff spot.

In another roster move, the Yankees reinstated catcher Kyle Higashioka from the COVID-19 injured list.

Left fielder Joey Gallo and third baseman Josh Donaldson remain out with the virus, although Gallo has tested negative and worked out at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. He could be activated Wednesday.

Stanton was replaced by pinch-hitter Estevan Florial in the seventh inning after going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He is batting .285 with 11 homers and a team-leading 35 RBIs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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