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Aroldis Chapman is really struggling on his rehab assignment

May 7, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was expected to come off the disabled list and return from facial fractures this weekend, but first he needed to get through a few minor-league rehab appearances and … well, they have gone very badly.

Chapman allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning yesterday at Triple-A and then followed that up today by allowing three more runs in one-third of an inning. Overall he recorded three outs in two appearances while giving up eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Oof.

Reports of his velocity have been very encouraging, including some triple-digit heat, but it’s hard to imagine the Reds activating Chapman unless he can put together a couple problem-free appearances first.

  1. emdash01 - May 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I don’t know, aren’t minor league rehab appearances essentially like Spring Training stats? If the velocity and mechanics are there and they’re not concerned about his stamina, I’d be surprised if they don’t bring him back as soon as possible, especially considering the bullpen’s performance so far.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      I would agree. The results might mean something or they might mean nothing. His goal might be to get three outs, or it could be to locate his fastball on the inside corner over and over…who knows? We will see what the Reds think soon.

    • jrob23 - May 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      so we are in agreement that this article reads like musings by someone who sounds like they have no idea about minor league assignments, injured players rehabbing…and baseball in general. Good…I am glad I am not alone.

  2. Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Yeah rehab stats mean nothing, as long as the player feels good the day after, or after his appearance. To me, this is a non-story.

  3. uyf1950 - May 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I just hope that injury hasn’t made him “gun shy” so to speak and ruined a promising career. I wish him the best and that he comes back just as strong as before the injury.

  4. mazblast - May 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    They can say he’s “just getting into shape”, “working on location”, and 42 other clichés, but at some point, no matter how hard you throw and how much hype you get, you have to show you can get people out.

    What would really be galling would be to take Jonathan Broxton out of the closer’s role, since he has yet to allow a run this season. Giving it to Chapman before he has shown he can get even AAA batters out would be absurd.

  5. bringbackkosar - May 8, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    So Chapman should now set up for Broxton…what color is the sky in your world?

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