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Reds send Aroldis Chapman to Arizona Fall League

Oct 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Two weeks ago the Reds revealed plans to have Aroldis Chapman stretch out his arm by working as a starter in winter ball, but before that they’ll send him to the Arizona Fall League.

Rarely do players with more than one full season in the majors participate in the AFL, but Chapman is attempting to transition to a new role and is still just 23 years old.

He’s expected to appear in three games before the end of the month and throw 2-3 innings in each outing, according to Mark Sheldon of And if all goes well Chapman will be ready to take on a more typical starter workload by the time he gets to Puerto Rico.

  1. seanmk - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    he hasn’t exactly pitched a ton of innings this year, so the more the better if you are trying to stretch him out. in 2010 he pitched 108 innings if you include the minors, and 2011 he pitched 50 2/3. not sure how many they expect to get out of him for 2012 as a starter

  2. metalhead65 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    does not matter how many innings he gets before camp starts,once he is in the rotation he will fall victim to the way dusty handles pitchers. the first time he goes 1 inning more than he ever has dusty will send him out for 1 more until he blows the lead. then he will promptly blow out his arm next start as is customary with young hard throwing pitchers under baker. as a reds fan I hope I am wrong but fully expect it to happen under the clueless toothpick.

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