Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman tests positive for COVID-19


The Yankees' roster took a hit Saturday.

According to New York manager Aaron Boone, Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for COVID-19. The pitcher is experiencing minor symptoms.

The Yankees' closer had come into Spring Training 2.0 in noticeably better shape than at any time in his career, losing 10 pounds over the previous three months while adding a significant amount of muscle.

"I definitely wanted to take advantage of that, actually wanted to cut some pounds during quarantine and being at home and training at home,” Chapman said via a recent Zoom call with the New York media. "I was able to do that, I was able to cut some pounds, 10 pounds, and I feel really good right now. I find myself at a great weight for an athlete."

The 32-year-old is coming off a 2019 season in which he finished with a 2.21 ERA over 60 appearances, striking out 85 in 57 innings. Chapman signed a three-year, $48 million extension this past offseason just prior to the deadline for a decision regarding the opt-out in his five-year $86 million contract that was due to expire after 2021.

For any player to return after experiencing a positive COVID-19 test they must complete two negative tests within a 72-hour window.

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is also inactive after being identified with having the coronavirus.

The Red Sox first see the Yankees July 31 in the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Once the Yankees learned of Chapman’s positive test on Thursday, they conducted a contact tracing investigation to identity the teammates/staffers who had close contact with him. The Yankees didn’t specify how many people were impacted.

— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 11, 2020

With Aroldis Chapman having tested positive for COVID-19, Zack Britton would be a "natural guy" to install as the #Yankees closer, Aaron Boone said.Boone said that Chapman will not be with the team "for the foreseeable future."

— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 11, 2020