Joe Girardi listened some consternation given the Yankees would have Aroldis Chapman fly all the way out to Oakland for only one diversion before streamer back to New York.
“I just consider that if you’re a player that is being paid to play, when you’re eligible, you show up,” Girardi pronounced before the Yankees lost 4-3 to the A’s. Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning in his return after being placed on the DL in mid-May with rotator slap inflammation. “This is something that I’ve listened from a couple opposite people about. ‘You’re going to fly him opposite the country for one day?’ How many groups have been lost by one diversion in the march of history? How many playoff spots have not been guaranteed given of one game?
Continued Girardi: “Yeah, it’s not ideal to be all the way out here. But he had a transport day (Saturday) where he didn’t play, and all of the other players had a transport day where they played that day. If you have people accessible who are the best, you wish them here.”
Prior to alighting on the DL, Chapman had 7 saves in eight chances, permitting 5 runs over 12.2 innings while distinguished out 21 batters.
Said Girardi postgame: “(His return) is big. He pronounced he was rusty (in his rehab outings) and we suspicion he looked flattering good to me today. It’s a big energy arm to have back, and it lengthens the bullpen.”
THIS AND THAT
Gary Sanchez (groin) returned to the starting lineup and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. … Aaron Hicks (leg) has not played given injuring himself on Thursday night. … Matt Holliday returned after blank Saturday’s diversion due to an allergic greeting and homered. He has now homered on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this season. He is the fourth Yankee in story to accomplish the singular but fun feat. “I consider it shows that we adore my mom and father some-more than anyone else in the league,” Holliday joked.
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