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Struggles at Triple-A likely mean Aroldis Chapman isn’t ready to rejoin Reds

May 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of 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.

  1. Charles Gates - May 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Aroldirules. (Trademark)

  2. metalhead65 - May 31, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    this kid was rushed to the majors and put in a role he was not ready for. they need to put him back in the rotation and keep him in the minors until he gets that stuff under control. what good will he do the reds if he can’t get minor leaguers out? same thing with that knucklehead volquez,if he can’t dominate the minors how in the world is he going to be the staff ace he has been hyped as since he came to the reds? his last outing was good but he needs 2 or 3 more like it before they bring him back up. make him earn the job for a change instead handing it to him based on his ability to throw 95mph. does not do the reds any good if he can’t control it like he has been unable to this season..

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