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Reds phenom Chapman exits early (back stiffness)

Mar 22, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

Update: The Reds announced that Chapman departed with lower back stiffness, a problem that had plagued him all week. Chapman was set to be examined after the game. The feeling is that this could knock him out of the competition for a rotation spot.

Aroldis Chapman left his appearance in his second inning of work Monday accompanied by the Reds’ trainer after laboring the Rockies.
Chapman, pitching in relief of Bronson Arroyo, had an easy sixth inning versus Colorado before struggling during a 30-pitch seventh inning. Throwing mostly offspeed pitches, he walked two and gave up four runs, all of which were unearned. His departure immediately followed a three-run double.
Given that the Reds wouldn’t have wanted to extend him too far in a single inning of work, Chapman might have been done then anyway. Still, it wasn’t a good sign that manager Dusty Baker, pitching coach Bryan Price and trainer Paul Lessard all went to the mound to see him, and Lessard joined him as he walked off the mound.
If Chapman is hurt, even if it’s a minor problem, then there’d seem to be little chance of him beginning the season in the Reds’ rotation. Matt Maloney and Justin Lehr would be the top candidates to replace him.

  1. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Well, the kid gets all jacked up and throws 99 (was that what they clocked him at) in spring training. What did they think. Meter him down for a bit, control the innings, stretch him out, and bring him back up in June and let it rip.

  2. carsoncooling - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    They both attack each other and go for finishers but get countered. The Y2J goes for a stunner on the outside of the ring but it is reversed and then Undead Titan hits a sunset flip onto steel steps for the victory.

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