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Aroldis Chapman unavailable due to “achy” shoulder

Aug 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Something obviously wasn’t right with Reds closer Aroldis Chapman when he walked all four batters he faced Sunday and sure enough he was unavailable last night due to what the team is calling an “achy” shoulder.

Here’s what manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:

He’s just a little achy and it just doesn’t make sense at all for us to keep running him out there. He was a little achy [Sunday]. I didn’t want to say anything but he was. By the time we knew there might be an issue, the damage was done yesterday. Our trainers say it’s a day-to-day thing and that he could be ready to go soon. I’m not crossing him off our list for tomorrow by any means.

For whatever it’s worth, Chapman averaged 99.5 miles per hour with his fastball in Sunday’s walk-fest, topping out at 101.5 mph. It was just the second time in this season’s 39 appearances that Chapman walked more than one batter and prior to walking four consecutive batters he’d walked a total of four batters in his previous 11 appearances, spanning 11 innings with a 0.84 ERA, .125 opponents’ batting average, and 20/4 K/BB ratio.

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  1. stlouis1baseball - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Good call Redlegs.

    Note to Mike Matheny:
    You CAN sit your closer. The sky will not fall. The sun will still rise. And you are still a horrible bullpen Manager.

  2. uwsptke - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Achy? I thought Billy Ray Cyrus had simultaneously killed that word along with the mullet back in the mid 90’s.

  3. cincinata - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    This is very bad news regardless of what Price wants us to think. Chapman was out before with some “minor” shoulder aches. Who knows what the underlying issue is. I don’t now what to think here, but the Reds are almost toast now anyway. Why risk his career by forcing the issue now? Wait until he is throwing with NO aches. That will require rest and for him to miss a few weeks.

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