Yankees reliever Chapman infected with tattoo

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman will be placed on injured reserve after contracting a leg infection from a recent tattoo.

Manager Aaron Boone said ahead of Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics that Chapman experienced leg irritation on Thursday after getting a tattoo earlier in the week. The seven-time star player stayed at the team hotel Friday and Saturday to receive antibiotics and treatment.

“It’s still pretty big,” Boone said. “He had a really bad infection.”

Chapman hasn’t pitched since Aug. 19, when he allowed a run in the third inning against Toronto. Boone said Chapman was available to pitch until Thursday, when the leg started bothering him just before the start of the series opener against the A’s.

Boone said he doesn’t expect it to be a long-term problem, but needs to wait to get a better idea of ​​how long Chapman will miss.

“Hopefully he’ll be good in a few days,” Boone said. “We just have to put our arms around him. It got a little worse in the last few days. »

Boone said he had no problem with Chapman getting tattoos during the season.

” It’s hard for me. I have no tattoos. It’s a personal choice,” Boone said. “It’s more of an unfortunate situation that turned into an infection. My goal is to try to prove him right.

Chapman was frail at the start of this season and was replaced closer to the Yankees after missing nearly six weeks with tendonitis in his left Achilles tendon. He’s 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 appearances since returning in early July, with 20 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.

The veteran southpaw is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA and nine saves in 36 appearances this year.

The Yankees didn’t make an immediate roster change because they couldn’t send anyone to the West Coast by Saturday. Boone expects to add an additional player in a day or two.

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