OAKLAND, Calif. — Aroldis Chapman rejoined his Yankees teammates ready to pitch again after more than a month on the disabled list, and the struggling team couldn't wait to have its flame-throwing closer back in the bullpen.
Manager Joe Girardi made good on his plan to use Chapman immediately in the series finale against the A's. The left-hander pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one and throwing seven of eight pitches for strikes.
Chapman flew cross-country for one game before the club was set to return to the Bronx with a day off today ahead of a home series with the Angels.
"Our group is probably pretty excited that he's here. We just want to make sure that he gets his work, he doesn't sit too long and then he gets back out there and sees major-league hitters, too," Girardi said.
End might be nigh
The shortest outing of Bronson Arroyo's season might be the last of his career. The Hernando High product, 40, was roughed up for five runs and seven hits in three innings in the host Reds' 8-7 loss to the Dodgers. The right-hander, attempting a comeback with his former team after missing 21/2 seasons with injuries, revealed he had been receiving cortisone shots in his shoulder since spring training. "We tried to patch it up, and it worked for a while, but I've been hit around the yard for a while now," said Arroyo, admitting he has thought about possibly being near the end of a major-league career that started in 2000. "Have I thought, 'This time might be my last time on the field'? Yeah." He has a 7.35 ERA in 14 starts for Cincinnati this season.
Numbers of the day
50, 0 Strikeouts and walks, in 292/3 innings, by Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. You read that right.
3 Straight days in which a pitcher has homered: Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija on Friday; Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta on Saturday; and Mets RHP Jacob deGrom on Sunday.
17 Cycles hit at Coors Field after 3B Nolan Arenado's, tied with Fenway Park for the most of any active ballpark. Fenway opened in 1912, Coors in 1995.
. Orioles SS J.J. Hardy left the game with what the team described as a right wrist contusion, but manager Buck Showalter said X-rays weren't encouraging and he feared a more serious injury.
. Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching hand, might not return before the All-Star break. Also, RF Jason Heyward suffered a left hand abrasion after making a sliding catch in the second inning. There was no timetable for his return.