Yankees’ closer battling injury, hurting his performance

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The New York Yankees’ offense struggled in Sunday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, but their bullpen also went through a few strenuous situations. There’s been no greater liability than closer Aroldis Chapman during the month of May. He’s presented the Yankees with significant problems finishing games.

This month, Chapman hosts a 9.53 ERA, giving up 11 hits, six earned runs, and two homers over 5.2 innings. In other words, he’s been a disaster, blowing two saves, both of which came against Chicago.

“Just not been as fine with his command,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Sunday. “I think at times going away from his fastball, he got beat on the fastball today there by Pollock, but just not quite as sharp as certainly we’ve seen him.”

Manager Aaron Boone indicated Chapman has been going through some issues but only recently revealed that he’s been dealing with Achilles discomfort.

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“He wanted to pitch,” Boone said. “He was just getting some treatment on his Achilles. I just felt like when he was moving around, he wasn’t moving around great out there but he wanted the ball.”

The Yankees should be approach Chapman’s Achilles injury with caution: