Aroldis Chapman was good to rejoin the Yankees a few hours before Tommy Kahnle discovered the tightness in the right forearm was due to a UCL injury that will require Tommy John surgery.
“He is probably headed for surgery,’’ Aaron Boone said of Kahnle, who wasn’t able to throw Wednesday in Baltimore and underwent an MRI exam Friday before visiting team physician Chris Ahmad on Friday. “It is just one of those where your heart goes out to Tommy knowing that it is a significant injury that has to get taken care of.’’
Kahnle emerged last year as a big piece of a very strong Yankees pen. He appeared in one game this season. Getting Chapman back will lessen the sting of losing Kahnle, but he will be missed.
“Tommy is an elite reliever in the league so some guys are going to have to step up,’’ Boone said.
As for Chapman he is back, but when he will come off the COVID-19 IL isn’t known.
“Chappy is back today, he has been cleared,’’ Boone said of the hard-throwing lefty closer who had to test negative twice for COVID-19 to rejoin the club. “Hopefully he will be able to come and play catch [Friday] and try and get an idea of where exactly he is at….