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Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:28 pm
By Matt Snyder

Flame-throwing relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been temporarily shut down by the Reds, but they aren't worried about the long-term health of the lefty. General manager Walt Jocketty told's C. Trent Rosecrans that it's shoulder inflammation and there are no worries or concerns past the next few days. Chapman has been examined by team doctor, Dr. Timothy Kremchek -- who was with the team on the West coast trip -- and has been given some anti-inflammatories.

The club expects Chapman to be ready to take the mound again by Sunday.

Chapman, 23, is one of the most exciting young arms in baseball, due to his ability to light up the radar gun in triple digits. He has yet to allow an earned run this season in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six, though he has had control issues with five walks.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:10 am

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Your on-line online site is essentially outstanding! How can I make one that include this?

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2011 9:44 pm

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

How did you get a rating of "All-Star" when you don't know the difference between "through" and "THREW"?  ROFL!!

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 3:57 pm

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Nolan Ryan once through 256 pitches in a shutout. The Wood and Prior stuff is tiring. Wood had a history of getting hurt before Dusty and Prior had some wacky things happen to him. Chapman through all of 11 pitches on Tuesday and has pitched around 25 innings in the majors.

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:08 pm

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Dusty didn't exactly have a bullpen in Chicago.  the problem with Wood and Pryor probably go back to throwing curve balls at an early age.  the way they snapped them off, it's only a matter of time before you have arm injuries, and I'm sure they didn't just learn to throw them in the bigs.  another thing, Dusty wasn't getting a long-term deal, and the Cubs wanted to win now.  what is he supposed to do, not ride his best horses?

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:40 pm

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman


Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:38 am

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Steel, Chapman does have an offspeed pitch.  He froze a Padre hitter on Tuesday night with a 93mph slider.  I think the reason for the "shut-down" of Chapman is because Dusty wanted to see if Chapman could go on three consecutive nights.  First two nights were good, but on Wednesday afternoon, his velocity was down to 92-93 on his fastball.  Normally, Chapman can throw 99-100 free and easy.  I think he'll be OK, but I get the feeling that he'll only be used for two consecutive days at the most from here on out.  The problem in the Reds bullpen right now is Nick Masset. 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:02 am

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Jazznbluz.... Not only do I agree with your statement I would even take it a step further and say many guys in the past could throw mid to high 90s, but were tought how to throw 90,91 with better control, which also led to less wear and tear.  I remember atlants pitching coach in the 90s said that about the Big three.  But if you watch Nolan Ryan pitch.... man... those mans legs are tree trunks... His knee came up and touched his nose.  Your right, now you get these pre-madonnas that come in and just want to throw as hard as they can. Yea thats great for a year or two...or three etc.  But you wont make a career out of throwing a baseball as hard as you can.  It just doesnt happen.  The best pitcher in baseball right now only throws 91,92 on a regular basis.  You'd think theyd take notice.

Since: Apr 15, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:36 am

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

I'll take him shut down for a few days in April to get him 100% and ready to shut down the Yankees in October!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:19 am

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

You gotta wonder how long chapman can stay healthy for any extended period of time throwing with as much velocity and torque as he does.

Nolan Ryan pitched and staye healthy throwing with that much velociy for 25 years.  It's not necessarily how hard someone throws, it's the mechanics.  Most of today's pitchers throw with their upper body and arms.  If you watch Ryan, Clemmons (pre-HGH), and Koufax, they got all their strength from their legs.  Teams on't want to mess with their $million doallar bonus babies even if it means correcting small mechanical issues.  They would rather them burn out their shoulders and arms.  doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:55 pm

Shoulder inflammation sidelines Chapman

Cue the Dusty bashing, even though he's not to blame. I've never seen a manager so cautious with pitchers, presumably because of all the flak he gets.

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