Chapman done with rehab but still not ready

Chapman done with rehab but still not ready

Chapman done with rehab but still not ready
CINCINNATI -- Eligible for activation from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, reliever Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds clubhouse Monday afternoon.

However, Chapman's results from a rehab assignment are not indicative of someone about to come off the DL. With Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, the left-hander took the loss vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre after he allowed four runs and four hits over 1 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three while throwing 37 pitches, including 24 strikes.

In three appearances for Louisville since going on the DL with left shoulder inflammation on May 16, Chapman has a 13.50 ERA with seven runs and nine hits allowed over 4 2/3 innings. He has walked two and struck out eight and has had two wild pitches. His first outing was a 1-2-3, eight-pitch inning, but it got bumpy after that.

"His second outing, he threw a lot of strikes but got hit. Yesterday, he had a great first inning and a poor second inning," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "We want him sharp. That's the second part of this rehab stint. One was to get healthy and two was to throw the ball the way he's capable of throwing."

Although Chapman is not currently slated for another appearance with Louisville, it didn't sound as though his activation was coming on Tuesday.

"We'll let you know in a few days," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We can't tell you everything. We have a pretty good idea. We want to make sure everything is OK."

The Reds bullpen has recently been strapped with injuries to Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney, as well as two extra-inning games and some short starts on the previous road trip. Having Chapman back would be a boost, but only if he's effective. Before going on the DL, he could barely find the strike zone. In 16 appearances overall, he had a 6.92 ERA with 20 walks and 15 strikeouts over 13 innings.

"We anticipate him being a big factor in our bullpen," Price said. "However, we'd like to see him throwing the ball well prior to his return with the club."