The New York Yankees will be off Arrodis Chapman for at least two weeks due to a classic, bizarre baseball injury.
Yankees coach Aaron Boone told reporters that Chapman was on the 15-day injured list Saturday with a tattooed leg infection, ESPN’s Marly Rivera reported. About an hour later, the move was officially announced with an explanation.
Chapman has not pitched since August. 19. Boone reportedly believed Chapman would play for the Yankees’ game against the Oakland A’s on Thursday, but the infection apparently worsened from there. Fortunately, Chapman, who is currently on antibiotics, is expected to return this season.
The tattoo in question is said to be a portrait of his sister.
The trip to Illinois is another tough break in a season full of them for Chapman, who currently owns every nine innings in 30 2/3 innings A 4.70 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts, both career lows. He lost a closer spot in May when he was placed at Illinois with Achilles tendonitis.
Chapman has struggled since recovering from an Achilles injury in early July, where he posted a 5.40 span.
It’s an odd injury for Chapman, but not particularly odd in the grand scheme of odd injuries the sport has seen. Here is a limited sample from the past decade or so:
Cut thumb on the knife for washing dishes
was frightened by a bull and broke his elbow
Injured finger while wearing pants
Broken nose because barbell fell on nose
Broken finger while playing video game
Cut thumb after gripping wine glass hard
Fractured ankle after falling from horse
Broken ribs during massage
Broken hand when taking off shirt
Cutting the pinky I am repairing the drone
Sprained shoulder in SUV accident
cut his hand with a knife while trying to separate a frozen burger patty
The suitcase fell on my hand and broke my hand
Cut the thumb while cutting the sandwich into “fancy triangles”
Dislocated shoulder while celebrating a World Series home run