The preliminary stages of Spring Training have kicked off this week, with pitchers and catchers reporting, ending the dragging winter (for some). 

​New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman dealt with an injured left knee for a good chunk of last season, but plans to return in 2019 in full spirits.

Thankfully, he has shared ​some (and by some, I mean three) words about how his knee is feeling going into the 2019 ​MLB season. Chapman was asked if his knee is healthy and feeling strong and he simply replied, "Yes, it is," before scurrying off to the media-restricted area. 

Chapman dealt with tendonitis in his knee last season, which is not to be taken lightly. When he did return from the DL, he didn't exactly look the same, but certainly more improved from the period directly before the stint.

Wisely, the Yankees re-signed Zack Britton and ​added Adam Ottavino during the offseason to an ​already-strong bullpen, which means they're plenty insured against another setback.

The MLB is a business, and the Yankees are always looking to be the best, regardless of which personnel are delivering the dominance. If he comes back at 100 percent, the Bronx Bombers will be in real good shape.