TAMPA, Fla. — Aroldis Chapman doesn’t just throw fast. The lefthander apparently has some speed on the ground, something Dellin Betances discovered Saturday.
As part of their spring training regimen, Yankees players have to complete a mile run in less than 7 minutes, 30 seconds.
“I ran it with Chapman,” Betances said Sunday. “He’s pretty quick. He pushed me a little bit [Saturday]. We made it I think just under six minutes. That’s what happens when you run with him.”
Betances and Andrew Miller are expected to form the bullpen bridge to Chapman, the closer. Of course, exactly when the Yankees will get to fully utilize that trio is a matter of mystery. Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to hand down a decision shortly regarding two of the three domestic- violence cases MLB is investigating, including Chapman’s. Most with the Yankees expect Chapman to get a suspension of some kind, one that could comprise some of spring training.
“If you’re suspended and pulled from working out, the suspension obviously becomes a lot longer than the suspension,” Joe Girardi said. “But we’re dealing with a hypothetical. We don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Back to back
Betances, 27, originally drafted and developed as a starter before a switch to the bullpen during the 2013 season, has posted consecutive dominant seasons as a reliever with a 1.40 ERA in 2014 and a 1.50 ERA last year.
“You have to believe that this is who this guy is,” Girardi said. “Obviously, you get to an age where you start going the other way, it happens to all of us, but I think Dellin is in the prime of his career. And I think he’ll continue to be dominant. There are a lot of players that will burst on to the scene and that second year, there can be a lot of adjustments, everyone seems to call it a sophomore slump, but he didn’t have it.”