Chapman decides to rest sore knee, won’t pitch in All-Star Game
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman won’t pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Washington in order to rest his sore left knee.
Chapman earned his 25th save Thursday against the Indians in his first appearance since Saturday, when he was removed from a game after facing one batter because of discomfort in the knee.
Chapman, who has made the All-Star team five times, is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 40 appearances. He has struck out 67 in 39 innings and held opponents to a .129 batting average.
“I’m trying to put together a couple of days where I don’t do any baseball activity, just let the knee get better,” Chapman said through a translator.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Chapman is available topitchinthefinalthreegames of the series that ends Sunday. Boone thinks giving him time to rest the knee will be beneficial.
The left-hander has blown only one save this season and converted 11 of 12 save chances in June.
New York’s bullpen has a 2.68 ERA—thebestintheAL.Adam Warren, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Chapman combined to hold the Indians hitless over the final four innings in Thursday’s 7-4 win.
“It’s an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game, your peers vote for you, managers, fans and all that,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I think it’s a smart decision for me to help me recover and get ready for the second half.”
Chapman joined Indians RHP Corey Kluber as AL AllStars having to miss the game. Kluber had an injection in his right knee and will be out at least one week. Rays LHP Blake Snell and Astros RHP Charlie Morton were added to the AL squad. Morton’s addition gives the Astros a major league-leading six players in the game.
Utley: This is last year
Chase Utley is retiring at the end of the season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with the Phillies and an elder statesman role with the Dodgers.
The six-time All-Star said he’s leaving to spend more time with his wife and two young sons: “I’m ready to be a full-time dad.”
Utley announced his decision at Dodger Stadium, with several teammates surprising him in attendance. “I just want you guys to know that I’ve signed a five-year extension,” Utley deadpanned, drawing laughter from manager Dave Roberts and teammates. The 2019 season would have been the final year of a $2 million, twoyear contract for Utley.
The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Phillies, earning five All-Star berths, winning four Silver Slugger awards and helping them to a World Series title in 2008 against the Rays. Utley has a .276 career average with 259 homers. He’s renowned for his base-stealing ability, with 153 in 175 attempts.