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October 9, 2019, 2:00 am

MLB playoffs: Yankees' Aroldis Chapman injures pitching hand during ALDS sweep celebration

The closer for the Yankees said he was hit by a bottle

MLB playoffs: Yankees' Aroldis Chapman injures pitching hand during ALDS sweep celebration
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Monday nighttime at Target Field, the New York Yankees accomplished the three-game American League Division Series expanse of the Minnesota Twins to clout their commercial document to the ALCS (NYY 5, MIN 1). The Yankees will face the victor of the Astros vs. Rays ALDS.

Because these are the 2019 Yankees, a team that put more players on the injured list than any different team in history, they managed to endure an hurt during their club bubbly celebration. Closer Aroldis Chapman was patched with his playing hand cloaked up pursuing ALDS Game 3.

You can see a photograph of Chapman's hand cloaked up correct here. Dan Martin of the New York Post has the details on the hurt:

"I was just celebrating and everyone was track and field around,'' Chapman said done an interpreter. "I got hit with a bottle, but it's fine."

Brian Cashman said he detected Chapman's hand when he fist-bumped the closer.

"He had a huge smile on his face, so I think that was a good sign,'' the GM said.

The Yankees have not announced an update on Chapman and likely won't until they hold a workout at Yankee Stadium sometime this week. Sounds like a minor hurt. Still, with the way things have gone for this team this year, Chapman hurting his hand during the club celebration was a scare the Yankees didn't need.

Also, Yankees setup man Zack Britton exited Game 3 with the trainer an inning after jamming his ankle covering first base. Britton told reporters, including MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, that he was fine after the game, and the ankle won't be an issue going forward.

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    "No, we're not going to do any tests. I think a lot of it is being cautious about what I was coming off last year with the Achilles surgery. In that situation, the game was too important to be out there thinking about something different than playing ." 

    The Yankees have a deep and powerful bullpen with Britton and Chapman handling the eighth and ninth inning, respectively. The duo covered the final nine outs in Game 3 -- they were prepared to do the same in Game 1 before the offense broke it open -- and losing either one for even one game in the ALCS could be devastating.

    The ALCS begins this coming Saturday. If the Astros win, Game 1 will be at Minute Maid Park. If the Rays win, Game 1 will be at Yankee Stadium. The Astros hold a 2-1 lead over the Rays going into Tuesday nighttime's Game 4. Here's how you can watch.

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