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Yankees activate Cuban Chapman after COVID-19 infection

The New York Yankees activated star closer Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list, who has recovered from COVID-19 and will see action in Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

Chapman tested positive for coronavirus during preseason camp on July 11 and had not been with the team since. The Cuban left-hander developed only mild symptoms and continued to exercise at the gym in his Manhattan apartment to stay in shape during his quarantine.

The 32-year-old reliever received permission to resume his activities on July 31 and has been training at the team’s alternate camp in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Chapman finished with a 2.21 ERA and 37 saves in 60 appearances last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he will be conservative with the pitcher’s workload in the first weeks, but anticipates using the closer in pressure situations immediately.

“If there’s a salvage situation, it’s going to come in today,” Boone said.