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Aroldis Chapman returns from “achy” shoulder

Aug 22, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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Aroldis Chapman gave the Reds a big scare when he walked all four batters he faced Sunday and then was unavailable for several days with an “achy” left shoulder, but the flame-throwing closer was back in action Thursday night.

Chapman threw a scoreless eighth inning in a blowout loss to the Braves, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Reds manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he’s confident enough in Chapman now being healthy again that they could use him next as soon as today.

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  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    As long as it is just “achy” and not “achy breaky”, then it is OK for him to pitch.

  2. cincinata - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I don’t know the logic behind using him. I suppose at some point, you must test his arm to see if the damage could be worse, but I don’t know if this is the way to do it. Why is Price taking a chance on his arm? The aches now could be signs of larger problems later. Especially in a game that is already lost.

  3. montrealknowledge - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Risk is career, please, Reds could be decent and not having Chapman will keep in helping the Cardinals for the next few years.

    • cincinata - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Nonsense. How are the Reds going to keep Chapman with a ruined shoulder? The best way to keep him pitching is to take care that they don’t over extend him in a game already lost. Rest the damn shoulder until you know it is OK. And forget about the Cardinals. They are not the force you think they are. The Brewers are still the team to beat, and the Pirates are going to close fast here. The birds have had a very lucky streak, but that is about to end. They don’t have the horses anymore to streak 8-12 game wins and I think when you see Wainwright tonight, he will get pounded by the Phills. I have watched him in his last few starts and he tires fast now in about the 4-6th inning. This is a long season and if he doesn’t win they will not either. Stop worrying about the birds and do what is good for the Reds. Rest Chapman!

      • cincinata - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Did anyone see the game Friday night? Tell me again that Wainwright is OK, and the birds are the team to beat.

  4. stlbirds21 - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I see A new song by billy ray Cyrus in the making!

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