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Closer will take 10-day break due to inflamed left-shoulder rotator cuff.

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the 10-day disabled list as of Saturday, May 13, due to inflammation of his left shoulder’s rotator cuff.

Doctors performed an MRI on Chapman’s shoulder, reporting that the pitcher has no visible sign of structural damage. The Yankees will reassess the left-hander’s injury after he is idled, which means he could warm the bench for longer. Chapman reportedly suffered from a similar condition in 2012 when he played for the Cincinnati Reds.

Pitcher Dellin Betances will sub for Chapman as the team’s closer while Chapman recovers from the injury.

Chapman allowed four earned runs on two walks and six hits in two games prior to landing on the disabled list.

Friday night, Chapman allowed a ninth-inning two-out RBI single by Josh Reddick of the Houston Astros. After the pitcher shook his arm, Yankees athletic trainer headed to the mound to check him out. Chapman stayed in the game, then was sent to the showers after giving up a base hit to Jose Altuve.

"He said he was fine. Nothing. No pain," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.