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New York Yankees: Chapman and Britton OK after injury scare

by John Zarnowski
New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees swept the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS and the Yankees had some fun after – maybe too much fun. Closer Aroldis Chapman was hit with a bottle that cut his hand.

There was a concern at first, of course, as the injury bug has bit the Yankees all season. However, Chapman made sure everyone knew he was OK.

“I was just celebrating and everyone was jumping around,” said Chapman. “I got hit with a bottle, but it’s fine.”

General manager Brian Cashman said he realized the injury after giving Chapman a fist-bump. “He had a huge smile on his face, so I think that was a good sign,” Cashman said.

Left-hander Zach Britton left Game 3 of the ALDS early with an apparent ankle injury where he hopped around in the infield. However, it does not seem that this injury will pose a threat for the postseason.

“I’ll be fine,” Britton said reassuringly.

Both relievers will be heavily used in the postseason. Britton, known for his high groundball rate, is a guy the Yankees turn to when in a jam. Chapman, known for the high-heat, will always be the ninth-inning guy to close out the game.

Chapman has pitched just 2.2 innings this year in the postseason and has only allowed one hit through that time. Britton has pitched just an out less than Chapman and has only allowed one hit as well.

The New York Yankees will have a week of rest before heading into the ALCS either playing the Houston Astros or Tampa Bay Rays.

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