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Dusty Baker says struggling Aroldis Chapman won’t be sent to the minors

May 11, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Aroldis Chapman failed to record an out last night for the second straight appearance, issuing three walks and hitting a batter before being yanked by manager Dusty Baker.

Chapman had tons of success in April despite frequently displaying diminished (for him, at least) velocity, allowing zero earned runs through his first 12 games.

However, he’s now given up six runs while recording just three outs in his last three appearances, walking or plunking nine of the 14 batters he faced.

Baker downplayed Chapman’s control problems somewhat and also made it clear that demoting him to the minors is not something being considered by the Reds, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Chapman is struggling some to find the plate. We’ve got to find a way to get his mechanics back in the sync. He’s throwing the ball great. It’s a matter of throwing strikes. We’ll figure it out.

Fay reports that Jose Arredondo is close to coming off the disabled list after the former Angels setup man missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, at which point the Reds’ bullpen hierarchy could change considerably. Chapman may not be headed to Triple-A, but demoting him to mop-up man for a while presumably isn’t out of the question.

  1. paperlions - May 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    You mean limiting a young pitcher with unrefined mechanics that has problems repeating his delivery and that has a history of control problems to 3 or 4 innings week might lead to strings of ineffective outings?
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    I’m shocked.

    • schrutebeetfarms - May 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      But might lead to a no-hitter too. Look at Liriano.
      (Last week, not last night or any other game this season.)

  2. BC - May 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Um, where’s the Reds’ pitching coach during all of this? Shouldn’t HE be commenting?

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