Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Aroldis Chapman gets roughed up in rehab start for Louisville

Aroldis Chapman took the mound in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday and was greeted rudely by Triple-A Norfolk.

The southpaw surrendered five earned runs on four hits before being pulled after just 2/3 of an inning. Chapman also walked a batter, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch en route to throwing 33 pitches during a rough outing. So it seems as though command was a problem for the Cuban native on this night.

Chapman's velocity certainly was not an issue as he exceeded triple digits on the stadium radar gun seven times throughout his start. Afterward, Chapman told the media he "feels good" and that he is ready to pitch for the Reds whenever they need him.

That time could come as soon as this weekend for Chapman. However, the original plan before Tuesday's outing was for him to pitch out of the bullpen in Wednesday's game with Louisville. But this is subject to change given the high pitch count he tallied Tuesday night.

Photo: Courier-Journal

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