Yankees Closer Progressing From Injury

Yankees almost have their All-Star closer back.

Aroldis Chapman continues to work his way back from left Achilles tendinitis that has kept him out since late May.

The veteran threw a live batting practice session on Tuesday at the Yankees' spring training complex. He also threw a bullpen session on Saturday and will progress to facing live hitters sometime this week. 

On the season, Chapman has nine saves with a 3.86 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 15 strikeouts in 14 innings. It's hard to imagine anybody else closing games for the Yankees when Chapman is healthy, but a new player has impressed in the late inning role.

This is the feeling in New York now that Clay Holmes has taken over Chapman's role. 

Holmes has been lights out in the closer role this season, converting 11 of 12 save opportunities for the Yankees. Oh, he also has a 0.55 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, with 34 strikeouts in 32 innings. 

I'm not sure Holmes has anything left to prove, and it is a more than likely chance the twenty-nine year old keeps the late inning role once Chapman returns. 

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