MINNEAPOLIS – The Yankees' bullpen barely looked the ALDS, and Zack Britton was removed at the end of the eighth game of Game 3 with an injury to his right ankle.
And in the clubhouse after Aroldis Chapman, the last five outs of the series, 5: 1 against the twins. Chapman had his left hand strongly connected, but insisted that he was fine.
"I just celebrated and everyone jumped around." Chapman said through an interpreter. "I was hit with a bottle, but it's okay."
Brian Cashman said he noticed Chapman's hand as he came closer with his fist.
"He had a huge smile on his face, so I think that was a good sign," said the GM.
Britton clamped his ankle-covering first base on Jorge Polanco's Grounder at the bottom of seventh.
Coach Steve Donohue glanced at Britton, but the left-hander remained in the game and got Nelson Cruz on a tough comebacker to finish the inning, and then a homer to Eddie Rosario allowed the dead center to start eighth, Mitch Garver grounded then too short, but before Luis Arraez came to the plate, Donohue went back to the hill to look for Britton and Aaron Boone, he went to Chapman, who scored the last five outs.
Chapman left the first two batters on the ninth place before recovering.
Britton said, "I'm fine."
Britton ripped in the same leg before the 2018 season Achille and after he had decided to return to the hill in the eighth, Britton spoke to Gary Sanchez.
"This game was too important for me not to be out there 100 percent, Britton said. "It should not bother me if I go forward."
Chapman was rested, if not otherwise.
The closer opponent made only 4 ¹ / ₃ innings in the final month of the season – and that was when Boone put him in the final regular-time game.
"They want to get into the games and have some action," Chapman told an interpreter before the match. "But the preparation was the same, just to prepare for it whenever the time came that I needed for a game."
Chapman appreciated the low workload late in the season, which could now pay off. I thought he did a great job keeping everyone in the Bullpen fresh, especially myself, "Chapman said of the second-year manager, who often took note of the team's intentions to plan long-term in October – if they did will probably be based on all The Bullpen Arms during the playoffs.
"I think I threw only four innings in September. So, yes, I feel we are fresh and ready. "
The key, Chapman said, remains sharp despite inactivity.
" It comes to mind, right? Chapman said, "You have to be unlucky to stay sharp. But every day I went out and did my work. I've done it with the goal of staying sharp, because that's your job. You have to stay sharp, so you have to find a way to do everything to stay ready.
And while the Yankees have many high-profile names in their pen, no one is more likely to care about than Chapman and he likes the entire relief corps.
"In my humble opinion, we are one of the better bullpens in baseball," said Chapman. "So it was a lot of excitement, but at the same time, I think it was great to be healthy and do our job."