Lackey throws off flat ground; Jenks also improving


Lackey throws off flat ground; Jenks also improving

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - John Lackey threw on flat ground at Fenway Park on Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list May 16, and appears to be recovering from his right elbow strain.

He had a good day, said manager Terry Francona. He will play catch again tomorrow. He got out there pretty good, pretty aggressively and didnt feel anything, which is really good . . . Thats really exciting for us.

Francona expects Lackey to join the team on their upcoming road trip. The right-hander will meet with the staff to outline the next steps to his return, which may or may not include a rehab outing.

Lackey is 2-5 this season with an 8.01 ERA.

In other injury updates, Bobby Jenks (right biceps strain) threw on Saturday. He is expected to play catch on Sunday and throw bullpen on Monday. He felt really good about himself today, Francona said.

Francona added that Marco Scutaro (left oblique strain) may start taking swings at the beginning of their road trip, but noted that Scutaro is not pain-free.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA.

Report: Chapman, Yanks reach agreement on five-year, $86 million deal


Report: Chapman, Yanks reach agreement on five-year, $86 million deal

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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