BALTIMORE — Aroldis Chapman’s balky left knee isn’t the reason the closer hasn’t pitched since coming out of Saturday’s game in Toronto after one-third of an inning.
“We feel pretty good about where he’s at right now,” Aaron Boone said before Wednesday night’s game. “He’s been an option for us, really, every day since we took him out in Toronto. He’s good to go.”
Boone spent a few minutes chatting with Chapman at his locker before Wednesday night’s game.
“I like to check in with him every day, just talking about different things coming up,” Boone said.
Chapman, named to his fifth All-Star team Sunday night, is having one of the best seasons of his career, 24-for-25 in saves with a 1.42 ERA.
Boone said it is still up in the air whether Chapman will be available for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Washington.
“I don’t know yet,” Boone said. “We’ll kind of see how this week goes.”
Day off for Didi?
Didi Gregorius has played in 86 of the Yankees’ 91 games, including Wednesday night’s, and Boone would like to get the shortstop a day off during the four-game series in Cleveland, but made no guarantees.
“I’ve been kind of wanting to give Didi a day here at some point,” Boone said. “[But] he’s just so important to our club on both sides of the ball. He’s playing really well right now. With the break coming he’s one of those guys I feel could really use it because we’ve leaned on him so heavily. So we’ll just see.”
More good news for Sanchez
For a second straight day Gary Sanchez (right groin strain) did extensive work on the field four hours before the game, which included running and doing pop-up throws to the bases. Sanchez, whom the Yankees hope to start on a rehab assignment perhaps as soon as Sunday, also took full BP on the field. The timetable for his return remains the first game after the All-Star break.