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Aroldis Chapman strikes out the side in return to big leagues

Jun 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his first major league appearance Saturday since landing on the disabled list on May 15 due to a mix of shoulder inflammation and general ineffectiveness. And the outing couldn’t have gone any better.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Cuban-born phenom struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to help the Reds secure a 10-5 interleague victory over the Orioles.

Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters after the game that “Chapman appears to be back,” and it certainly looked that way. The 23-year-old struck out O’s catcher Matt Wieters on three straight pitches to start the inning, hitting 101 mph with a fastball to close out the at-bat. Chapman then carved up the free-swinging Mark Reynolds and light-hitting infielder Robert Andino. He needed just 12 pitches in all, and only three of those deliveries were balls.

Chapman was highly inconsistent on his lengthy 30-day minor league rehab assignment, so to suggest that all his troubles are behind him would be far too reactionary. But the early signs are most definitely promising.

  1. yettyskills - Jun 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    30 million dollars for a Relief Pitcher, BRILLIANT
    Small Market Reds ownership must be Happy that the club has wasted him in such a way

  2. richsaint - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    30 million dollars on a relief pitcher over 6 years 1)isnt that bad especially if he ended up as their closer.
    2) No guarantee he ends up being a relief pitcher, actually the talk has been for him to move to a starting role (similar to David Price) Next year

  3. desde333 - Jun 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Chapman must have been starter since April 2010 and Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty must work like cosmonauts forever.

  4. desde333 - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I think the first comment is sarcastic. He o she only is mocking about the mediocre Cincinnati management.

    • yettyskills - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      Winner

  5. yettyskills - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    When you are a small market club like the Reds, and Risk 30 million. You put him in the minors fromt he GET go, and stretch him out to be a starter. You don’t mess around with him, like they have, by bringing him up and throwing him out there in the 7th. They have managed to screw him up enough that they had to send him back down, but no, the Reds havent learned.

    And to the comment about a 7th inning relief pitcher not being “isnt that bad”
    Name me some small market clubs out there with 30 million dollar 7th inning guys…..

    • yettyskills - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      And oh ya “no garentees he doesnt become a starter”
      No kidding, whats your point? Defending the Stupidity of Reds management? If you are paying 30 million, and are in the Reds Position, WTF are they doing using him in the 7th rather than starting in the minors.
      Its BEYOND stupid

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Did anybody watch this game? Was he chomping on a ridiculous amount of sunflower seeds? This is a somewhat serious question, so please somebody answer if that have this info.

  7. desde333 - Jun 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Dr Monkey, do you have some trauma with the sunflower seeds? That was all your food during all your childhood?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:03 PM

      No, I am working on theory that inversely relates Chapman’s performance to the amount of sunflower seed his chomps on while pitching.

  8. randomdigits - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Luke Scott took him deep in today’s action

    • desde333 - Jun 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      “The Sun has spots but only the ungrateful people see the spots”…..Jose Marti

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