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Monday, March 31, 2014

Reds start season with Aroldis Chapman and 7 others on DL

By on 3/31/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Cincinnati Reds will start the 2014 season with eight players on the 15- and 60-day disabled lists, including hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman's grusome injury on March 19 (videos here) restarted discussion of how pitchers can be protected. Here via the Sports Exchange are the players.

Chapman, 25, was signed by the Reds in 2010 to a five-year $27.6 million contract as a free agent out of Cuba. In 2013 he saved 38 games, with 112 strikeouts in 66 innings. He is expected to make a full recovery from his injury and, as reported by ESPN (photo), visited the Reds' clubhouse a week after surgery. The Reds did not put him on the 60-day DL because they hope for his return as soon as mid- to late May. As of March 25, manager Bryan Price had not named an interim closer, according to Jesse Mapati of With Sean Marshall and Broxton also injured, the job could fall to J.J. Hoover. 

Latos, 26, is hoping to return April 6, the first time the Reds will need a fifth starter, as reported by Sports Injury Alerts. As part of the Reds' rotation that helped the team get to 90 wins in 2013, Latos posted a record of 14-7, ERA 3.16. 

Mesoraco, 26, was a first-round draft pick in 2007, making his major-league debut in September of 2011. He batted .238/.287/.362 in 103 games for the Reds in 2013, sharing time with Ryan Hanigan who was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in December 2013. Brayan Peña will take over primary catching duties with prospect Tucker Barnhart backing him up.

Schumaker, 34, signed a two-year $5 million contract with the Reds as a free agent in November 2013, after a eight years with the St. Louis Cardinals and one year with the LA Dodgers, where he slashed .263/.332/.332. Sports Injury Alerts reported on March 22 when he injured his shoulder that the utilityman would be out for a month. 

The two relief pitchers, Broxton and Sean Marshall, are expected to return in April. The Reds' recent moves to deal with their depleted roster are described by Doug Gray in this post. 

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