Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Shoulder Issue Sends Yankees' Chapman to DL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Shoulder Issue Sends Yankees' Chapman to DL

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Shoulder issue sends Yankees' Chapman to DL

Unable to pitch through pain in his shoulder that had bothered him for weeks, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list Sunday and probably will miss at least a month.

Chapman had an MRI on Saturday, a day after getting just two outs and giving up a run in the ninth inning of a 5-1 loss to Houston. The 29-year-old lefthander, a four-time All-Star, told Yankees manager Joe Girardi during the game that he felt fine, then went into the trainer's room after the final out and admitted he was hurt.

"I was shocked," Girardi said.

The Yankees said in a statement that Chapman has rotator cuff inflammation in his left shoulder. Girardi called it tendinitis and bursitis.

"I believed that it was going to go away with the treatment that I was getting," Chapman said through a translator. "Also, the cold weather, I thought it was affecting me a little bit. ... But, eventually, it got a little worse."

Dellin Betances will close in Chapman's absence, a role the 29-year-old righthander filled last season after Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs and Andrew Miller was dealt to Cleveland.

"He's not replaceable. I mean, you can't replace an arm like that," Girardi said. "You just kind of move everyone back a little bit."

Chapman's average fastball velocity has dropped from a major league-high 100.9 mph last year to 98.2 mph this season, according to MLB's Statcast. He is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA and seven saves in eight chances this year.

New York made the DL stint retroactive to Saturday and recalled righthander Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Girardi said.

Former umpire Palermo dies * Former big league umpire Steve Palermo, whose accomplished career ended when he was shot trying to break up a robbery in 1991, has died. He was 67.

Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Palermo had died, without providing details. Palermo, who lived in the Kansas City area, had been in poor health.

Palermo broke into the majors late in the 1976 season and joined the American League staff the next year. He worked the 1983 World Series, several playoff series, and the All-Star Game. …

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