May 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT
Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his struggles while rehabbing a shoulder injury at Triple-A make it unlikely he’ll be activated.
Chapman, who was placed on the DL in the first place for control problems as much as shoulder problems, has an 8/2 K/BB ratio in five outings at Triple-A. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that he’s allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings while Triple-A hitters batted .375 off him, which isn’t encouraging from a guy who’s held overpowered major-league hitters to a .170 batting average.
Sheldon notes that Cincinnati’s bullpen could certainly use some help right now, but pitching coach Bryan Price indicated that the Reds want to see Chapman string together some impressive appearances at Triple-A before returning.
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