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Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:59 pm
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By Evan Brunell

ChapmanAroldis Chapman has hit the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

Also known as "suckitude." OK, maybe he really does have inflammation, but there's been zero hint of any injury as no one has spoken about it. Oftentimes, when a player is pitching as bad as this and there are little available options, phantom injuries are created to land him on the DL. Yes, the Reds are skirting the rules, but every team does it and it's really nothing to get worked up about.

Chapman walked a dizzying four batters while registering just one out in Sunday's game. Over the last four games hearkening back to April 30, Chapman has walked 12 in 1 1/3 innings, failing to register an out twice. He's coughed up just two hits in that span, but it's awfully hard to hit what's not crossing the plate. His three strikeouts in his span all came on the 30th, so he's been especially awful the last three times out.

Pitching coach Bryan Price spoke about Chapman to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal earlier, mentioning that a demotion to Triple-A wasn't exactly as easy as it sounded, as many have wondered why he can't just be optioned out.

“Nobody here wants to send this kid down for a multitude of reasons,” Price says. “You have to look at the pros and cons of what the emotional response would be. You’re not dealing with a kid who has been in this country and understands player development.

“There is more than meets the eye here, has been from the inception. This kid has some huge hurdles to get over. Everyone is going to have their opinions. But it’s not as easy to put together as people might think.”

As for what's wrong with Chapman, manager Dusty Baker told MLB.com that "we just have to figure out what's wrong with Chapman. You've got to work and that's what he's been doing. He's working before the game with Bryan [Price], trying to find his release point. He was wild high before and now he's wild low. It seems like everything is cutting. We just have to go back and try to figure out what we're going to do at this point. We don't know."

The Reds recalled righty Jordan Smith to take Chapman's place. Smith was optioned to the minors a little over a week ago after posting a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:42 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:18 pm
 

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Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

105 mph is going to have shortened career residual effects if Dusty doesn't keep Chaps in check. It's amazing Chappy was actually a starter. Strasburg and now Chapman. Very sad to see this happen



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:59 am
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

Maybe someone needs to teach this kid how to pitch before he becomes the next Dave Dravecky and loses that arm.  Get a translator and explain it to him.  Tell him it doesn't matter if its 106 when its out of the strike zone or in the strike zone with no movement, which is really the only two options with his fastball when he is healthy.  If the kid just dialed it back to let's say 100mph, maybe he could get some movement on the thing and take some wear off his arm which is now breaking down for the second time this season.  The kid needs a second pitch and a third pitch and he needs to learn how to pitch, or he is just going to become another waste of talent.  Jamie Moyer can't break 85 right now and could probably get more people out.  It is just awful how they are mismanaging and not teaching this kid who clearly has talent.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

I was at the game yesterday, and quite honestly, it did not look as if he cared.  i have never seen a pitcher suck that bad.  he wasn't even close.  all he did was walk off the mound and clean his spikes.  no major league pitcher should have that much trouble throwing a strike.  if they did, they should be a FORMER major league pitcher.  105 or not, show you care more about getting outs instead of the radar gun.




Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

Uh race, what the crap are you talking about, no one referred to his race. Maybe you meant ethnicity? But yeah I'm starting to see why the big money teams in baseball passed on giving this guy a contract. Granted the Reds shelled out a lot for him but it makes sense why teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, etc. opted not to match, didn't want to spend that much money on a guy they'd have to develop for 2-3years.



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:42 pm
 

what does his race have to do with it????

there are more than one comment thats adds this mans race when that aint even the subject. thats why im so delighted to see that sports isnt foreign affairs or this country would be in a lot of trouble...  oh wait my bad every president before the one we have now we can thank for that state of mind.




Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

I guess if you call "sucking" an injury, then this all makes perfect sense...



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

I dont know how a cuban pitcher is too stupid to understand that if you cant get anyone out you need a demotion. Coddling his spoiled A$$ wont get him right Dusty. If you need a translator to explain it too him, I will gladly help out.....El Sucko Grande Chapman.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Reds place Aroldis Chapman on DL

If this guy could throw a strike once in a while he would be lethal


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