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Yankees place Aroldis Chapman on IL due to leg tattoo infection

Aug 19, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees placed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day injured list Saturday evening after a recent tattoo caused an infection in his leg.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday.

Chapman, 34, hasn’t appeared in a game for New York since Aug. 19, when he gave up a run on two walks and a hit in 1/3 of an inning. The slumping left-hander previously lost the Yankees’ full-time closer job and also spent a stint on the IL earlier this year with an Achilles injury.

Chapman is 2-3 with a career-worst 4.70 ERA in 36 games this season. He has nine saves, 35 strikeouts and 22 walks in 30 2/3 innings.

Manager Aaron Boone said it didn’t upset him that Chapman required an IL stint at this point in the season for something unrelated to baseball.

“It’s a personal choice,” Boone said. “Usually it’s a safe thing, but he has to deal with it, unfortunately.”

–Field Level Media