The New York Yankees have officially activated left-handed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman from their 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Sunday afternoon. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Yankees have elected to option catcher Kyle Higashioka down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Higashioka’s Sunday afternoon demotion presumably means that ailing catcher Gary Sanchez, who pinch-hit over the weekend, is now ready to resume his everyday role behind the plate.
Chapman, 29, landed on the Yankees’ 10-day disabled list back on May 14 while going on to miss more than a month of action. Chapman was diagnosed with left shoulder inflammation while paving the way for fellow relief pitcher Dellin Betances in the ninth inning.
Nonetheless, Chapman will return to the “Bronx Bombers” sporting a 3.55 ERA and 1-0 over the course of 14 relief appearances and a total of 12.2 innings of work in 2017. Adding seven saves against one blown, he has also managed 21 strikeouts against six walks this time around.
Previously a member of both the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, Chapman is now in the midst of his second go-round in the “Big Apple.” Infamously traded to the eventual World Series Champion Cubs midway through last season, he then returned to New York on a five-year, $86 million free-agent contract this past offseason.
For his big league career, Chapman owns a 2.12 ERA across 397 regular-season relief appearances and 389.2 innings of work in all.