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Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman goes on IL with leg infection caused from recent tattoo

OAKLAND — The Yankees have placed reliever Aroldis Chapman on the injured list with a leg infection caused from a recent tattoo, retroactive to Aug. 24, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Saturday.

Boone said the Yankees were made aware of Chapman’s infection around game time Thursday night when he was sent to the team’s hotel because he was having difficulty moving around with the pain in his leg. Boone said Chapman, who did not have to be treated at a hospital, has been prescribed antibiotics to treat his infection. The hope is the treatment subsides his infection in the next few days. Boone said he does not expect that this infection will cause him to miss significant time.

It’s unclear when Chapman got the tattoo, but the Yankees had an off day on Wednesday and Boone said he was available to pitch against the Mets on Monday and Tuesday, even though he was not used.

In Chapman’s last two appearances, the Yankees reliever gave up a combined three runs in 1 inning pitch, with his last outing coming on Aug. 19. This followed a stretch where the Yankees felt like Chapman had rediscovered his confidence on the mound, going eight straight outings without surrendering a run. Now the Yankees will have to build him back up when he returns.

Boone was asked if he was frustrated with Chapman’s decision to put himself in a position where this could be an outcome.

“I don’t have tattoos,” Boone said. “That’s a personal choice. It’s usually a safe thing to deal with. This is more of an unfortunate situation that turned into an infection. My focus is on trying to get him right.”

The Yankees do not have any current plans on bringing up another pitcher from the minor leagues. Reliever Greg Weissert was recently called up to replace Nestor Cortes, who’s on the IL with a groin strain.

Clay Holmes is expected to be activated off the IL on Monday when the Yankees face the Angels, barring any last-minute setbacks. Since Holmes’ struggles began shortly after the All-Star break, the Yankees have used a plethora of different pitchers to close. With Holmes coming back, he’ll be given an opportunity to earn his closer role back.

“I absolutely feel like he can get back to his (pre-All-Star break) level,” Boone said of Holmes. “He’s got special, special stuff. It’s about getting locked in again from a delivery standpoint, and it can take off just as quick as we saw the first few months of the season. I’m optimistic about that. I feel like he’s in a good spot health-wise, too. As far as going right back into (the closer role), initially, I’m going to get them in the best positions to be successful. We’ve had a number of guys who’ve shown an ability to close out a game if we needed it. I’ve continued to do it that way, and hopefully along the way, maybe somebody grabs that, solidifies that and establishes that. I want to see that play out over the next several weeks.”

(Photo: Brad Penner / USA Today)

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