TAMPA, Fla. — Aroldis Chapman was a no-show Monday at Yankees camp, but it was an “excused absence,” Brian Cashman said. The general manager, without elaborating, said the closer missed the day because of “personal reasons” and is expected back in camp Tuesday.
“He asked for permission in advance,” Cashman said, specifying that time period as a week, “and we provided it.”
The timing of Chapman’s absence raised eyebrows, given that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday in Phoenix that “additional progress” has been made toward decisions on two of the first three cases under MLB’s domestic-violence policy. He expects an announcement in the next couple of days.
“I have no expectation,” Cashman said. “It’s on a timeframe that only he and [Manfred’s] office would know, so trying to speculate about when or what would be a waste of my time and inappropriate. He’s very methodical and they’ve got a great investigative team and they’re going to go through it all and make an informed decision, and we’ll support whatever decision it is.”
Parmelee Triple-A option
The Yankees finally have their insurance for Mark Teixeira, agreeing to a minor-league deal Sunday night with lefthanded-hitting Chris Parmelee, Cashman said. The 27-year-old, who can play first base and all three outfield positions, played 32 games for the Orioles last season after spending the first four years of his career with the Twins.
Cashman has been in the market for first-base depth since earlier in the month, when Greg Bird, who spelled an injured Teixeira late last season, was lost for the season because of shoulder surgery to repair a torn right labrum.
Parmelee has a career slash line of .245/.311/.396, with 28 homers and 94 RBIs in 305 games.
Too early to Judge
Among the highlights Monday was hulking outfield prospect Aaron Judge crushing a pitch from Nathan Eovaldi to left-center during a live BP session. Though most assume that Judge, who finished last season in Triple-A, will make the big leagues at some point this season, the righthanded hitter isn’t going there. “I’m just trying to take it one step at a time. Wherever they need me, I’ll play,” said Judge, 23, who was honored to discover that Carlos Beltran requested that the rookie’s locker be placed near his in the clubhouse during spring training.