Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 2 days ago

Reds manager Bryan Price said he might use Chapman for more than an inning at times this season.

Chapman has had four multi-inning appearances so far this spring. Price's comments were inspired in part by the Reds' lack of an established set-up man for the eighth inning, a situation that could be resolved early in the season.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 2 weeks ago

Chapman has pitched multiple innings in two of his most recent appearances to allow him to work on his pitches more.

The Reds are not contemplating a role change, unlike other spring training sessions. "The repetitions were what I felt really helped him get comfortable with his mechanics and get comfortable throwing that slider and changeup," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Even though we're going to limit him to one or two innings during the season, spring training is a great opportunity for him to connect with his mechanics and off-speed pitches."

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 2 months ago

Chapman and the Reds have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal.This deal should be worth somewhere between the two parties filed, $8.7 million and $6.6 million. There was some speculation that they were seeking an agreement for a multi-year deal, but Chapman will likely instead play the 2015 season out, go through arbitration one more time in 2016, then hit free agency.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 2 months ago

Chapman remains the Reds' lone arbitration-eligible player, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has filed for $8.7 million, while the Reds countered for $6.65 million.This is the second time that Chapman has been arbitration-eligible. The Reds were able to sign both Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier to multi-year deals to avoid a hearing, we'll see if they're trying to do the same with Chapman.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 6 months ago

Chapman (arm) allowed one hit but struck out the side against the Pirates on Sunday to earn his 36th save of the season.

The lefty hurler capped off his dominant 2014 campaign with a three-strikeout effort in the season finale, after striking out two and retiring the side in order on just seven pitches Saturday. Chapman experienced some arm soreness during an appearance against the Brewers last Thursday, but he showed no ill effects over the weekend and it's likely a non-issue heading into the offseason. Despite missing the first five weeks after suffering a gruesome head injury in spring training, Chapman still finished seventh in the NL with 36 holds, and he set new major league records in strikeouts per nine innings (17.67), strikeout-to-hits ratio (5.05-to-1) and strikeout percentage (52.4 percent).

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 6 months ago

Chapman, who remained in the game Thursday against the Brewers to convert the save opportunity, was experiencing general stiffness in his arm after the outing, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Although the injury doesn't seem especially concerning, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Reds chose to rest him for the remainder of the season with the team eliminated from playoff contention. If Thursday's outing was indeed the last we'll see of Chapman, he'll finish the 2014 campaign with 35 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a spectacular 17.4 K/9 rate.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 6 months ago

Chapman pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one, to pick up his 35th save of the season in the win over Milwaukee Thursday.

The strikeout was Chapman's 101st of the season and he now has over 100 strikeouts in each of the last three seasons while recording 111 saves in that span.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 7 months ago

Chapman struck out a pair during a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday en route to his 32nd save of the season.

Wednesday's outing was his eight consecutive scoreless appearance. In a season that began with a very scary line drive to the head in spring training, Chapman has picked up right where he left off in 2013 and will likely push Craig Kimbrel for top closer honors in 2015.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 7 months ago

Chapman felt strong even after pitching his fourth inning in three days Saturday.

He was unavailable to pitch Sunday in the Reds win over Atlanta, but after Monday's off-day he should be available to pitch again if needed Tuesday. Given his shoulder worries at the beginning of the week, the last three outings from Chapman have allayed our fears.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 7 months ago

Chapman fanned the three Braves batters he faced in the ninth on Saturday for his 27th save in 29 chances.

Chapman pitched two scoreless innings on Friday then dominated the ninth on Saturday to pick up his 27th save of the season. Excluding his four-walk debacle at Colorado last Sunday, the All-Star closer has allowed only one earned run in the months of July and August combined.