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Reds won’t activate Aroldis Chapman until Friday or later

Jun 1, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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The Reds don’t have an exact plan mapped out yet for the return of hard-throwing setup man Aroldis Chapman, who was eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chapman won’t be called back to the bigs Thursday. And might not be activated Friday either.

The 23-year-old left-hander has surrendered a whopping nine hits and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings since beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week at Triple-A Louisville. He’s displayed better command, though, and the Reds’ higher-ups believe he has made progress from a mental standpoint.

“He’s better, a lot better,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday. “He’s got to get things together mentally and emotionally.”

It might make sense to give Chapman a few more rehab appearances, but so far none have been scheduled. The Cuban defector was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 16 with inflammation in his left shoulder.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Tell him to man up and throw strikes. Every time I watch the Reds, Johnny B. Baker treats him like a little child. That is one thing about Dubee (who is a terrible pitching coach), he isn’t afraid to go out there and sternly tell his pitchers to get it together. While we are at it, somebody tell him to stop chewing on sun flower seeds like a damn horse….honestly, that doesn’t bother anybody else?

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