The New York Yankees will make a decision about Aroldis Chapman’s timeline to return to action after a throwing session on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Marly Rivera. Chapman has yet to make an appearance this season. He tested positive for COVID-19 back on July 11th after showing mild symptoms. Chapman has been working his way back to full strength and hopes to return to the back end of the Yanks bullpen shortly. Last season, Chapman put together another top-notch campaign with 37 saves in 60 games and a 2.21 ERA/2.28 FIP while striking out 13.4 batters per nine innings.
- Charlie Morton of the Tampa Bay Rays left his start today with right shoulder inflammation, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com. The Rays do not appear to be overly concerned about Morton in the long-term. The 36-year-old hasn’t gotten off to a great start with a 5.52 ERA across three starts, though it’s obviously s small sample, and a 4.06 FIP isn’t quite so pessimistic of his performance.
- The Washington Nationals aren’t any closer to coming to terms on an extension either for manager Dave Martinez or GM Mike Rizzo, per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter links). Both are in the final year of their current deals. The Nationals have proven a fairly conservative organization and one that won’t budge due to public perception. For their parts, both Martinez and Rizzo appear to have great trust in the organization. Given that the Nats are coming off a World Series championship, it’s hard to imagine either man moving on. Rizzo is the longstanding architect of these Nats – one of the most sustainable contenders of the last decade – while Martinez is the culture of the club in its current iteration. He has both the respect and the admiration of his players, by all accounts. This is pure conjecture, but Nats ownership may be taking a principled stance by waiting on these extensions. They’ve routinely let star players play out the final seasons of their deals, and it shows some organizational continuity to do the same with Rizzo and Martinez.
Hurry, back soon Chappy! I can’t take these Zack Britton full counts to every batter he faces
Are you kidding me ? This is why I hate “fans” sometimes ! Britton have been amazing , so is green , ottavino , avilán , holder , loisiga ! They are gonna have bad games , but so far , we are in the first place Bc of our bullpen ! So what’s gonna happen when Chapman come back and blow the first game ? Are you gonna ask for his head too ? What do you do for a living ? You never have a bad day at work before ? My god
It’s only the knee-jerk reactionaries that make those kind of statements. Every season for as long as I can remember which Mariano Rivera has had a bad ten-day stretch, the same people say that he’s done for. Britton has been awesome as a Yankee. The dude could’ve been a closer with almost any team but chose to re-sign.
@Larmando- dude calm down Britton is fine. I hope he comes back next season and the Yankees pick up his option. My preference closing is Aroldis Chapman though because he is better, that’s all. So just relax
Larmando- must be nice to have that problem! Yours truly, Mariners fan
Maybe your concern will be proven later, Yank, but right now you are arguing with success. He’s pitched 5 IP in 5 games, has 5 saves, hasn’t allowed a single run yet while allowing only 2 baserunners, 1 hit / 1 walk.
Exactly ! They are been amazing so far ! People give such short leach to bullpen guys
What? Britton has done a great job filling in. Really couldn’t have asked for bet e results
driftcat28- Britton is fine & has done a good job for sure! But I’m still happy Chapman is coming back. Aren’t you? I’m glad he is getting healthier everyday and should be at full strength
@Yank4: I think what you said was misinterpreted and given too much weight. I took it as you like Chapman closing and are excited about him coming back. The reference to Britton was not intended to be disparaging; rather it was transitional writing, imho.
Give him a break, guys, he obviously does not dislike Britton
There is no mercy in this dojo!!! When you disparage the man who feeds the poor, heals the sick and calls the very rain down from heaven, you must be dealt with. Severely. Waterboard him! Cane the soles of his feet!
Tickle his feet with goose feathers!!!
Subject to change imo
sounds crazy but the Marlins might actually have a shot at 2nd in the division. sounds crazy saying it but cant argue with results. theyve responded the best after losing so many to the IL.
I could see it. I just think Mets and Phillies have more talent. I could see it tho
I want to believe in their great start too, but they still have ALOT to prove. Besides, the Marlins also put up 4 of those wins against the Orioles..
They have lost 2 in a row, and they’re 3-3 against the Mets and the Phillies..For the Marlins, even the 3-3 record against their division foes, that’s actually a great start for them.
Unfortunately, they will come crashing back down to Earth, if they haven’t already, but they are still a team that has improved significantly from last season.
Unlike last year, they’re now able to field a competitive line-up, and now with their younger pitchers stepping up, they’re able to get alot more consistency from their pitching staff.
It will not be long before they could be fighting for the #2 spot in the division, but it will not be this year…Even as crazy as this season has already been, the Marlins coming in 2md just ain’t happening..lol..
Like I said, I am definitely happy for them though. They’re building that squad up slowly and steadily.. Jeter, Mattingly, and Co. have done an excellent job,but they still have a ways to go to surpass the Braves and Gnata.. They have gained some ground on the Phillies and the Mets, and in a year or two, if those two teams are bot careful, the Fighting Fish will ultimately pass them up
Yeah marlins have a bright future.. but rn this year. I don’t see them making the playoffs bc they just aren’t a talented team rn. The bad part now is that they aren’t a free win for the rest of the NL east anymore.. teams are going have to fight a little harder than before to beat the marlins. But if you look at the talent between the Mets and Braves compared to marlins It’s a huge difference.
Its all about new ‘blood’ New guys come to the team and begin to emulate established players. If established players suck it trickles down. Look at the red Sox. But right off new untainted players are them selves ala the Marlins and they kick a_s. How kool is that!
It is good to see. these new guys doing well. Again – not to pick on the red sox – new guys do well. Established all have excuses.
No, unless Alcantara and Smith are back and pitching well. No chance for 2nd.
If the Nats ownership doesn’t re -up Rizzo, he’ll be out of work for, oh, about ten minutes…..
I doubt that they allow him walk away. The Nats have always been tight-lipped regarding negotiations which limit distractions.
There is no way that happens, imho. Rizzo is too good and means too much to that team. If he does, he will be a hot commodity for sure. And , LeR is correct on them being tight-lipped….
Sorry, phone jacked that last sentence up. Should be LES!