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Aroldis Chapman throws 20-pitch rehab outing with Double-A Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. - Aroldis Chapman finally returned to a competitive mound on Friday, throwing 20 pitches over two-thirds of an inning for the Double-A Trenton Thunder in their eventual 4-2 win over Erie at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Getting the "start" in the outing, Chapman faced four batters, striking out two but also allowing one run on two walks and two wild pitches. The action was the first official rehab appearance for Chapman, who has been on the disabled list since May 13 with left rotator cuff inflammation, after two simulated games in Tampa over the past week.

Chapman had been scheduled to pitch for the Class-A Tampa Yankees on Tuesday after an initial sim game last Friday, but Tuesday's game was rained out and further weather concerns Wednesday led to that outing being changed to a second simulation ahead of Friday's move to Double-A.

As general manager Brian Cashman reiterated during an appearance on The Michael Kay Show Friday, the plan for Chapman is, if he comes through tonight's outing cleanly, to fly the closer to Oakland and activate him ahead of that day's series finale in Oakland.

"We'd benefit from having Chapman back," Cashman said during his TMKS appearance. "I can't imagine some other circumstance that would make us wait longer, but the intention is that Sunday we would activate him."

That appears to be on track, and Chapman's return would be a huge boost for a depleted Yankees bullpen.

"Right now, yes, that's the plan," he said through an interpreter.