Yankees place Aroldis Chapman on DL with knee injury

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Heading into Thursday, the New York Yankees hold an impressive 79-47 record on the year.

Although their record has positioned them well in terms of earning a postseason bid, they rank 9.0 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and have a 3.0 game lead over the Oakland Athletics and 7.5 game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the AL Wild Card race.

However, they may be in a bit of trouble moving forward.

The Yanks have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and have a number of key players on the DL.

Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and C.C. Sabathia are all nursing injuries, other players are banged up and now an important piece of their bullpen will be sidelined.

As reported by Coley Harvey of ESPN, closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to left knee tendinitis. He left Tuesday’s victory over the Miami Marlins in the 12th inning after feeling pain in the knee.

"We've got to keep working on it," Chapman added. "We'll keep doing treatment and see how the knee reacts. We've got to let it rest -- fully rest -- and see how the knee reacts to [the time off].”

No timetable for his return has been given.

Luckily for the Yankees, they have three solid options to replace Chapman, all of which have served in a closing role before. David Robertson, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances are all candidates to pick up saves while Chapman is out, as indicated by manager Aaron Boone.

But, Boone expects Chapman to be back with the team before the end of the season.

"I'm confident that he's going to play a major factor for us down the stretch and in the postseason," Boone said on Wednesday. "I do think this is something that we'll be able to manage.”

Chapman has been sensational yet again this season. He has recorded 31 saves and in 50 appearances, he has logged 47.0 innings, recording a whopping 84 strikeouts and 22 hits along with a 2.11 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. While the other three back-end relievers have been effective, both Chapman and Betances have the ability to take over the game due to their insane strikeout rates. Therefore, losing him will undoubtedly hurt, especially if it's for an extended period of time.

But, since New York has the luxury of having depth in their bullpen, they can afford to lose Chapman for 10 days, especially considering their distance over the Mariners in the AL Wild Card race. 

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