CINCINNATI -- After being pushed back by a blister, Aroldis Chapman returned to the mound for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Against Gwinnett, Chapman threw five scoreless innings with three hits and one walk allowed. The left-hander, who departed with a 4-0 lead, also struck out seven and threw two wild pitches.
Chapman threw 90 pitches, including 57 for strikes. According to the Bats' Twitter feed, the 22-year-old old Cuban defector hit 100-plus mph four times in the first inning, including a 103 mph fastball that struck out Wes Timmons. Louisville took a 6-0 victory from Gwinnett.
In his previous start on May 19 vs. Lehigh Valley, Chapman left the game after six innings after he developed a blister on his left middle finger. His originally scheduled start on Monday was moved until after he successfully threw on the side Tuesday.
In starts for Louisville, Chapman is 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA. He has 55 strikeouts and 25 walks in 45 2/3 innings.