Aroldis Chapman has returned to Yankees camp, coming back Friday after testing negative for COVID-19 twice within a 48-hour span, the baseline MLB requires for a player to return after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
Chapman tested positive on July 11, one of three Yankees to test positive prior to or during Summer Camp, but according to manager Aaron Boone, the lefty had only mild symptoms.
“The good thing was he was never really sick, so he was able to maintain probably a level of physical conditioning that other people may not have been able to," Boone said. "I'm hopeful he's a little ahead of the game from where some other people might be."
Boone did say that Chapman would hopefully play catch today or tomorrow, and then the team would evaluate the next steps.
To the skipper’s quote, Chapman had been isolating in his apartment, and revealed on social media that he was working out in a makeshift weight room in his living room.
Chapman’s return would be a huge boost to a Yankees bullpen that may have just lost Tommy Kahnle long-term, as Kahnle was placed on the injured list Friday with what the team termed a right UCL injury.