Return of Aroldis Chapman and his 100-mph fastball is imminent

Aroldis Chapman flew on Friday to Tampa, where he was scheduled to throw in a simulated game at the minor league complex Saturday. If all goes well, he would make a rehab outing with Double-A Trenton next week before jumping off the disabled list in time to meet the Yankees in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday and make his 100-mph fastball available the next night against the woeful Athletics.

“Everything so far has been positive. We feel good about where he’s at,’’ manager Joe Girardi said prior to the Yankees’ 8-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. “Saturday he’ll throw in Tampa and I think he’ll throw Monday or Tuesday in Trenton and see where we go from there.’’

According to Chapman, who has been on the shelf since May 14 with an inflamed left rotator cuff, he is looking forward to strengthening a bullpen that has done well without him.

“I am very anxious to finishing the process and getting back here to help these guys,’’ Chapman said.

Chapman hasn’t faced hitters since May 12, but believes he is ready to perform.

“I feel ready,I feel good and my arm feels good,’’ said Chapman, who has converted six of seven save chances. “What we have to do now is get the innings in the minor leagues, see how I feel and see what happens.’’

Getting Chapman back will move Dellin Betances from the closer job to the eighth-inning spot he was in when Chapman went on the DL. Betances has dominated as Chapman’s replacement, going 5-for-5 in save chances. In six games, has worked 5 ²/₃ innings, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks, fanning 10 and holding batters to a .150 average.

“It really lengthens our bullpen and it gives us more options,’’ Girardi said of getting Chapman back.

As long as Chapman avoids an injury and locates pitches, Girardi believes he will be ready quickly.

“That he feels good and is throwing strikes,’’ the manager said when asked what he would be looking for from Chapman. “You don’t have to stretch him out, he doesn’t need a lot of pitches.

Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t played since May 24, when he suffered a concussion making a catch and crashing into the Yankee Stadium center-field wall.

He was making progress last week, but the headaches came back after he traveled from Baltimore to Toronto and he hasn’t participated in baseball activities since.

Considering the nature of the injury, Girardi was asked if Ellsbury will fly with the Yankees on Sunday when they leave for Anaheim, Calif., where they start a three-game series Monday against the Angels.

“I don’t know, I have to find that out,’’ Girardi said.

After the Orioles went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, opposition hitters are 0-for-42 in the clutch against the Yankees over the past eight games. That is the longest stretch since the 2007 Cardinals went nine games without giving up a hit with runners in scoring position. The last hit by an opponent with a runner in scoring position came when the Orioles’ Adam Jones delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning on May 31.

Matt Holliday started at first base Friday night against right-hander Dylan Bundy. It was the first time since May 20 that Holliday played in the field and his fifth start at first base. Holliday went 2-for-4 and was replaced by Chris Carter in the eighth for defense. The move wasn’t made because of matchups since Carter and Holliday were each 0-for-3 against Bundy.

Greg Bird’s minor league rehab assignment continued Friday night for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In his eighth rehab game, Bird went 0-for-5 and scored a run.

Girardi understands what a baseball hit at almost 120-mph can do if a fielder can’t react quickly enough to catch the ball or get out of the way.

“I can see when he hits the ball hard. There are balls he hits up the middle that concern me for the other people,’’ Girardi said of Aaron Judge, whose sixth-inning single Thursday night against the Red Sox was clocked at 119.8 mph. According to MLB Statcast, that is the hardest ball hit in the majors this season.

“It’s kind of scary, actually, because he does hit the ball so hard,” Girardi added.

Judge went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored Friday night.