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The Reds have a decision to make on Aroldis Chapman

Jun 20, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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As John Fay reports, Arolids Chapman’s rehab time is up on Tuesday, and at that point the Reds have to decide if they’re going to call him back to Cincy or option him to the minors.

It had been shaping up to be an easy decision until Saturday — keep the man down — but then Chapman had a nice outing, . Is that evidence of things to come, or is it just a blip on what has been an otherwise horrid little eight-outing trip through AAA and AA?

Certainly an effective Chapman would be nice to have back, but if there’s any question about it, I’m not sure I’d take a chance on him in the majors yet. The Reds are basically a middle of the pack bullpen overall on the season, and that was with Chapman’s walk-tastic outings dragging them down some.  No, I don’t expect Bill Bray — the lefty who has benefited most from Chapman’s absence — to maintain a 1.59 ERA for the rest of the season, but I’d want to see more than one nice appearance by Chapman before he’s thrown back in the big league pen.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I’ve said it before, I will say it again: the ridiculous amount of sun flower seeds the guy chomps on is throwing off his balance and mechanics. Imagine trying to throw a baseball while you have 8 pounds of sunflower seeds in your mouth. It can’t be easy….worrying about the typical pitcher stuff while trying not to choke. All they have to do is tell him that he can have all the sunflower seeds he wants except during the 7 minute span he is on the field.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    for the future of this kids career and for the reds benefit they need to use an option on him and keep him down until he shows on a consistent basis he has his control issues under control. they can’t afford a repeat of what they did to homer Bailey and keep yo yoing back and forth between the majors and minors depending on on how he did week to week. set him back if you ask me. and don’t forget how that one good start in the minors and quick recall has done to help volquez. aside from his first start against the cubs he is back to the same guy they sent him down for as in no control over his stuff. he is out of options now so reds are stuck with lousy over rated self. do not make the same mistake with chapman. I think they should make him a starter so they can get rid of the uselessness that is volquez but they have to keep in the minors either way until he is ready.

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