The New York Yankees are already without star second baseman DJ LeMahieu due to the coronavirus. Now, All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman will be joining him with an indefinite absence after testing positive for COVID-19.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday that Chapman tested positive for COVID-19. Worse yet for the club and Chapman, he is experiencing mild symptoms and will be out indefinitely.
Boone said Aroldis Chapman has tested positive. He has mild symptoms, Boone said. "He will not be here for the foreseeable future."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 11, 2020
The 32-year-old southpaw is coming off another outstanding season in New York’s bullpen. The AL Reliever of the Year this past season, Chapman posted a 2.21 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP with 37 saves during the 2019 regular season.
Given Opening Day is set for July 23, with the Yankees facing the Washington Nationals, it’s unlikely that Chapman can return to the mound before then. In his absence, Zack Britton could step in as the team’s closer.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus has spread rather quickly across MLB clubhouses. Chapman became the latest Yankees player to test positive, and he joins a growing list of peers across MLB who have COVID-19.
More than 60 players have already tested positive for COVID-19, and the league is seeing new cases almost daily. Given another club was forced to cancel workouts due to potential exposure to the virus, the questions over the MLB season happening remain more prevalent than ever.