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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman nears return from disabled list

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said closer Aroldis Chapman could be activated from the disabled list "sometime next week ... if everything goes well" with his rehab over the upcoming days.

Chapman (2.11 ERA with 31 saves in 33 chances) hasn't pitched since Aug. 21 because of tendinitis in his left knee. He threw a bullpen session at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.

Boone said he expects Chapman to toss one more bullpen session this weekend before the Cuban flamethrower is activated.

Chapman owns 235 saves in his nine-year career, recording 146 for his first team, the Cincinnati Reds, 73 for the Yankees and 16 for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he pitched for half a season after being deal before the trade deadline in 2016. He helped guide the Cubs to a World Series championship before re-signing with the Yankees on a five-year, $86 million free agent deal.