Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has decided to opt out of the 2018 All-Star Game on July 17, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
The reason Chapman has pulled himself out is due to the pain he continues to feel in his left knee. The flame-throwing lefty has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee for a few weeks now, and though he is available for the Yankees in their final series before the All-Star break with the Indians, he doesn't want to push himself in a game that is only for show.
"It's an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game," Chapman said through an interpreter. "Your peers vote for you, managers, fans and all that. Any time you have an opportunity like that, you want to participate. At the end of the day, I think it was a smart decision for me to help me recover and to get ready for the second half, one that's going to be very demanding and very exciting."
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is hopeful Chapman's added rest during the break will alleviate pain from his injury.
"Hopefully he can benefit from that a little bit," Boone said. "To have four or five days potentially off certainly can't hurt him. Obviously this is something he's been dealing with for a while; it's something that he'll continue to maintain throughout the season and that we'll continue to monitor all the time. Hopefully it's a good decision for him and for us."
Chapman added: "To me, it's the right decision to take this time, rest and get ready for what we have coming up."
In 40 games this season, Chapman owns a 1.38 ERA while collecting 25 saves.