January 21, 2021

Aroldis Chapman could return to Yankees’ lineup this weekend (New York Post)

While the Yankees’ outfield added another big name to the injured list on Friday when Aaron Judge went down with a right calf strain and joined Giancarlo Stanton, the bullpen might be getting a big reinforcement.

Closer Aroldis Chapman faced live hitters at the alternate training site on Friday. Though manager Aaron Boone hadn’t received a report on how the gas-throwing lefty did, there is a possibility Chapman could join the Yankees this weekend. Chapman has been on the COVID-19 IL since the season began. He tested negative for the coronavirus during the intake program but positive afterward.

Talking about the bullpen after he beat the Red Sox 10-3 Friday night, Gerrit Cole said he was optimistic the unit would be getting stronger.

“It looks like we are getting Chappy back relatively soon,’’ Cole said.

Adding Chapman would strengthen an area that has been very strong despite not having Chapman and losing Tommy Kahnle to Tommy John surgery. Chad Green has dominated and Zack Britton led the majors in saves with seven entering Friday night’s action.

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In his previous throwing session, Chapman said he felt better than he expected, which was an…

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