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Reds to call up Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday

Aug 30, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

As Craig said earlier, rather than wait until Sept. 1 to make the move, the Reds announced that they’ll call up Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday to pitch out of their pen.
The timing of the move suggests that the Reds see Chapman as part of their postseason roster, even though he’s yet to throw a major league pitch. The Reds could call up Chapman on Sept. 1 and worry later about getting him onto the postseason roster, but this way, they won’thave to deal with the hassle.
The 21-year-old Chapman has a 2.40 ERA and a 49/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings since moving to the pen at Triple-A Louisville. He still projects as a starter for the Reds, but the team is committed to keeping him in the pen for the rest of the season. Ideally, he’d make the same kind of impact for the team that Francisco Rodriguez did for the Angels back in 2002.

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