TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In his first outing since Game 7 of last year’s World Series, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman hit 100 mph on the radar gun with his second pitch of spring training.

The hard-throwing closer struck out Baltimore’s Chris Dickerson and Trey Mancini, and induced a grounder by Logan Schafer during a perfect fourth inning that took 16 pitches Thursday night.

“At this point, velocity is not important,” Chapman said through a translator. “What’s important is the location on the pitches. That’s really what I’m working on.”

Chapman plans to pitch about eight innings this spring.

“Then I’ll feel comfortable, and ready to start the season,” he said.

The left-hander’s fastball was clocked between 97-99 mph after the triple-digit pitch.

“He’ll be ready, that’s not a concern,” New York manager Joe Girardi said.


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