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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Reds Injury Update: Aroldis Chapman "fine" after limping off in All-Star Game

By on 7/16/2014 10:30:00 AM

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman limped off the field at the conclusion of his inning in Tuesday night's All-Star game. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Seattle's Kyle Seager ground one to first baseman Freddie Freeman of Atlanta. Chapman covered first, and just before he hit the bag, he pulled up limping. However, Chapman he says he is fine and will be ready to pitch when the Reds resume play Friday against the New York Yankees.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported early Wednesday morning that Chapman may have tweaked a hamstring, which was already bothering him. Rosecrans included a video clip of a post-game interview in which Chapman, speaking through an interpreter, discussed the issue. Said Chapman,
"I'm fine, I've been pitching with it for a while and as long as I don't have to run, it feels good to pitch.... That was the last thing that went through my mind, but I knew if it happened, I'd have to cover the base. It did happen and [I] didn't want to sprint out and blow out my hammy there, so I just took it easy and there was time enough to get the out."
The Reds already have six players on the disabled list, most recently Joey Votto (quad), Skip Schumaker (concussion), and Brandon Phillips (thumb surgery). Losing their closer would make it very difficult for them to stay in the hunt for a potential division title or wild card berth.

Chapman began the season on the disabled list after getting hit in the face with a line drive in Spring Training. Since his return on May 11, though, the flame thrower is 0-2 with a 2.12 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 21 saves, and a 6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 29 appearances. He picked up eight saves while allowing only one earned run in his last ten games. He also set the record for 41 (and counting) consecutive relief appearances with at least one strikeout.

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