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Control problems and shoulder inflammation send Aroldis Chapman to DL

May 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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Aroldis Chapman was unable to throw strikes again yesterday, allowing four runs in his fourth straight ugly outing, and rather than let him travel deeper down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path the Reds have placed him on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

Chapman’s velocity has been inconsistent and mostly down all season, so it’s very possible shoulder problems are truly to blame for his recent struggles, but walking 12 of the past 19 batters he’s faced while allowing 10 runs and recording just five outs is plenty scary even if the inflammation is minor.

Dusty Baker previously dismissed the possibility of sending Chapman to Triple-A, so instead he’ll likely be shut down for a couple weeks and then asked to pitch in the minors during a rehab assignment before rejoining the Reds’ bullpen.

Last season in 13 innings Chapman allowed three earned runs and walked five batters. This season in 13.1 innings Chapman has allowed 10 earned runs and walked 20 batters.

  1. cincikid513 - May 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    It’s all good baby. He’ll be good to go soon!

  2. Nick C - May 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Seriously what is the attrition rate of guys who throw 100+? The only guy who ever seemed to do it regularly was Nolan Ryan. He was a freak of nature. All these other guys are just injuries waiting to happen.

    • Detroit Michael - May 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

      Verlander has been very durable. I’d guess he throws as fast as Ryan did, not that we have the same kind of reliable velocity data on Ryan.

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