This qualifies as good news these days for the 7-14 San Francisco Giants: Ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner won’t need surgery on his injured shoulder.
Instead he’ll begin rehab work in four or five days on the separated shoulder sustained last Thursday in a dirt-bike accident, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.
Nonetheless, Chapman became the first player to be suspended under MLB’s more stringent punishment system for domestic violence offenses, which does not require criminal charges for commissioner Rob Manfred to issue punishment.
Chapman voluntarily accepted the ban and returned to make 20 saves for the Yankees, posting a 2.01 ERA, before he was dealt to Chicago for three prospects. He performed even better for the eventual World Series champions, including pitching the final 1 1/3 innings to close out the Indians in Game 7.
More importantly, Chapman stayed out of trouble, and cashed in as a free agent to return to the Yankees with the richest contract even given to a relief pitcher.
Steinbrenner raves about Chapman every time he’s asked, and he believes Yankees fans feel the same way.
“It’s a lot of money for a reliever,’’ he said. “Obviously, he’s a special player. He’s about as strong a guy as you’ll ever come across.
“He’ll be great. The fans are excited. … They love him. There are so few Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys baseball players that I feel can really get fans to buy a ticket and brings their kids to their game, and he’s one of them.’’