Chapman's latest outing has Reds worried

Chapman's latest outing has Reds worried

Chapman's latest outing has Reds worried
CINCINNATI -- Seeing lower-than-normal velocity and erratic control, the Reds had concerns about closer Aroldis Chapman during Monday's 4-3 win over the Pirates in 14 innings.

In the top of the 10th of a 3-3 game, Chapman walked his first two batters on nine pitches. He got a strikeout and a great running catch in right field from Jay Bruce on Jose Tabata's sharply hit liner that saved a run. Chapman's two-out walk to pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez loaded the bases and prompted his departure in the middle of an inning for the first time this season.

Sam LeCure got Michael McKenry to ground out to third base to end the threat.

Chapman's top speed in his 22-pitch appearance (seven of which were strikes) was 97 mph, but several of his pitches were 93-94 mph. And that had the Reds worried.

"Yeah, because his velocity was down," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He didn't have any pain. He might be a little tired. We might have to rest him for a while here. He was analyzed by a doctor. The doctor said his shoulder is fatigued. We've got to take care of him."

It was the second poor outing in a row for Chapman. He gave up four hits in the ninth inning, including Matt Dominguez's three-run home run, in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Astros. It snapped Chapman's single-season club-record 27 consecutive saves streak.

Chapman is 5-5 with a 1.60 ERA in 64 games. His 35 saves are tied for the National League lead.