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Aroldis Chapman dilemma: Will he remain the Yankees' closer?

NEW YORK – In the moments after Aroldis Chapman’s latest shaky performance, Yankees manager Joe Girardi basically reserved the right to temporarily take him out of the closer’s role.

“I rethink everything every day, but it’s quite quick after the game,’’ Girardi said after Chapman served up a two-run homer to Amed Rosario before “saving’’ the Yankees 5-4 win against the Mets on Tuesday night.

Afterward, Chapman – still in full uniform and sweating profusely at his locker – said he’d pitch anywhere they club asked if they pulled him from the closer’s role.

But the Yanks did demote Tyler Clippard from the late-inning, high-leverage role before shipping him out entirely, in the deal that brought David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox.

That move, plus Dellin Betances, the presence of Adam Warren and the unexpected contribution from Chad Green have made this a stocked, talented and interchangeable bullpen - one equipped to cover for Chapman, if he should be temporarily displaced as closer.


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