Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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.

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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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 3 Months

Chapman (shoulder) tossed a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 8-0 loss to Atlanta.

Chapman has been dealing with an achy shoulder, so Thursday's outing was his first since Sunday's four-run meltdown. While he's not completely out of the woods yet in regards to his shoulder issue, he appears to be moving in the right direction.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 3 Months

Chapman (shoulder) said that he is OK and should be good to go Wednesday against the Cardinals, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The flamethrower tested his achy shoulder with some throwing prior to Wednesday's tilt and manager Bryan Price said the soreness is gone. While Chapman deemed himself available, he should be considered day-to-day until he actually takes the hill for Cincinnati.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 3 Months

Chapman (shoulder) threw on the field prior to Wednesday's game, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Meanwhile, manager Bryan Price said the shoulder soreness that prevented Chapman from being available for the first two games of the Cardinals series is gone. Price did not say explicitly that Chapman will be an option for Wednesday, but the lefty was reportedly airing it out pretty good during the throwing session, so it would seem his return is imminent.

Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 3 Months

Chapman was unavailable out of the bullpen Monday due to an "achy" shoulder, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Chapman didn't take the hill for the Reds Monday night, despite the fact that it was a close game that went into extra innings. He was dreadful in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but the lack of command may be partially attributed to the soreness he's been experiencing. Manager Bryan Price didn't rule him out of pitching Tuesday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Reds hold their flamethrower out of action for another day or two. If that ends up being the case, look for Jonathan Broxton to take the mound in a save situation, if one arises.