After an entire week off, Yankees reliever LHP Aroldis Chapman appeared to be back to his normal self after a dominant outing Friday night.
It was just the outing manager Joe Girardi needed to see out of Chapman, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning while striking out three of the four batters he faced.
"He was pretty rested," Girardi told The Post's Dan Martin.
With a fastball that topped out at 105 mph, one could tell Chapman's arm feeling good. He concurred with Girardi in that resting gave his arm some extra life.
"If anything, it would be the rest, I guess," Chapman said.
Chapman knew he was throwing harder as he said, "you definitely feel it." His slider was working for him as well with two of his three strikeouts coming on the pitching, including a 93-mph breaking ball to 2B Dustin Pedroia.
"He had some good stuff, man," Pedroia said. "The last pitch he threw me, that was nasty."
Though it wasn't a closing situation, Chapman was happy with his performance and knows that he needs to gain the team's trust back with more outings like Friday.
"Closing doesn't worry me," Chapman said. "The focus here is to win games and be available for your team."
Chapman owns a 4.12 ERA this season, which is currently the highest mark in his big league career.