Bottle hurts Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman’s hand during celebration

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Updated Oct 08, 2019;Posted Oct 08, 2019

Bottle hurts Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman’s hand during celebration - The Reports

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman celebrates after his team’s 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman didn’t appear to have a problem on the mound.

There was something going on with his left hand, though.

Chapman’s throwing hand was covered in ice and wrapped after he pitched the ninth inning of a 5-1 win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Target Field on Monday.

“I was just celebrating and was everyone was jumping around,’’ Chapman said through an interpreter, according to a report from the New York Post’s Dan Martin. “I got hit with a bottle, but it’s fine.”

General manager Brian Cashman said he saw the wrap, too.

It was a mystery to him at the time.

“I saw it when he walked by,” Cashman said. “It’s a question on my mind. You know what he did? He gave me a fist-bump with the wrap on his wrist. So, I was like, what’s that? But they were all going out on the field and he had a huge smile on his face. So I have no answer as to what that is. But I fist-bumped it.”

Chapman pitched in Game 1 and in Game 3. He didn’t give up any runs.

The Yankees don’t need another injury.

Reliever Zack Britton left with one out in the eighth inning with a right ankle injury, but said after the game that he felt fine and that he didn’t think he would miss time.

The Yankees won’t play again until the AL Championship Series starts Saturday.

Cashman said it was a “good sign” that Chapman fist-bumped him with the wrapped hand.

“I guess,” Cashman said, “if he’s smiling and he stops to fist bump with a left hand with ice.”

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