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Aroldis Chapman rocked in rehab outing Thursday at Triple-A

May 26, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

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The Reds placed prized left-hander Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day disabled list last week with shoulder inflammation and, probably more to the point, a worsening control problem.

Chapman took a week off from throwing before beginning a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday evening at Triple-A Louisville. He allowed no hits and needed just eight pitches to get through that one-inning outing. Unfortunately, things went a little differently on Thursday night in his second try.

According to the Louisville Bats’ official Twitter feed, Chapman allowed five hits and three runs in just two innings of relief work against the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. He struck out five and touched 102 MPH at one point with his legendary fastball, but the Cuban-born fireballer obviously wasn’t fooling too many batters.

The Reds might simply be pleased that he’s been showing better command since his demotion — or disabling, whatever you want to call it. The best case scenario has him returning to form by the end of June.

  1. Utley's Hair - May 26, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    100+ mph projectile being hurtled out of control toward someone…and suddenly, baseball becomes a death defying activity.

  2. halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    You never know with pitchers, especially unproven ones, which Chapman still is — ineffective because he’s wild. Up until last year, he never pitched one game in MLB, and was signed to a ton of money. I remember when he signed with the Reds that they said the contract was very complicated, but they are at the very least on hook for 30 mil over 6 years.

    I would have never gave that type of coin to this guy. All the more reason to have a separate international draft, to keep costs down for these type of unknown players.

  3. uberfatty - May 27, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Were the hits smoked, or did bad defense come into play? Any walks to go with the 5 K’s? If no walks, I’d actually say that he pitched great and probably just got unlucky on the balls that were hit in play (5/6 of them went for hits). Now if he had 3 walks, that’s a different story. Either way, you can’t really take too much from a 2 inning sample.

    • nick3071 - May 27, 2011 at 12:28 AM

      Two soft flys/long bloopers into the outfield, one ground ball that he took off the calf and another right up the middle. I guess you could say it was “better” command but he still had multiple wild pitches. Not a very impressive outing.

  4. halladaysbicepts - May 27, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Actually, the more I think about it, too bad Chapman wasn’t still with the big club the other night when the Phillies beat the Reds in 19 innings. With him relieving, the Phillies could have won the game sooner.

  5. metalhead65 - May 27, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    the best thing for the reds and chapman is to leave him down there untill he gets control of his powerful stuff and if that means the rest of the year then so be it. same thing with volquez they have seen the results with both of them not having control so let them stay as long as it takes. they are of no use to the team untill they get thier issues fixed.the reds are bad enough without these guys adding to them.

  6. cup0pizza - May 27, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    I wish dude could have been in that Reds/Phillies game, too. Like to see a 103 MPH heater really high and tight and wipe that disgusting smirk off the face of Ruiz, Victorino and/or Utley.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 27, 2011 at 7:32 AM

      You are a clown.

      • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 7:58 AM

        You forgot the first part of “clown.”

      • giboxer5 - May 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        lmfao..are you dating one of them?? He didn’t even say he hoped they got hit. I miss MEN talking sports, you ladies are so damn overly sensitive.

      • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        cup0pizza habitually takes great pleasure in the injury of other team’s players, so, there’s that.

    • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      Good thing you actually pay attention to the games, moron. Victorino’s been out for a good while now. Please return to the depths under the bridge.

    • bleedgreen - May 27, 2011 at 8:09 AM

      Ask Chapman what happened last time he faced Ruiz.

      “Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008.”

  7. aceshigh11 - May 27, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Kinda reminds me of Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn.

    Maybe he needs horn-rimmed glasses and a mohawk to fix his aim.

  8. paperlions - May 27, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    What the guy needs, or rather needed, was to remain a starter in the minors so that he could work on his mechanics and become more consistent with his delivery. Because he was so raw, he would have benefited more from instruction, pitching as much as possible, and working on his secondary pitchers. Instead, the Reds rushed him to provide minor help to the big club, retarding his development in the process.

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