Reds not too concerned with Chapman's hamstring

Reds not too concerned with Chapman's hamstring

NEW YORK -- The right hamstring of Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was clearly bothering him at the All-Star Game on Tuesday. However, it was not enough of an issue that the club was re-thinking the left-hander's availability vs. the Yankees as the second half began.

Chapman, who originally hurt his hamstring on July 6, pulled up limping while covering first base on a Kyle Seager ground ball in the eighth inning of the National League's 5-3 loss to the American League.

"It doesn't seem he has a great deal of concern about his ability to pitch and compete and do the things he needs to do on the mound," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday.

Of his final 16 batters before the break, Chapman struck out 13 with only one ball being put into play. Of course, Chapman can avoid running if he strikes everyone out, but that's too tall of an order. Price expects him to be able to field his position.

"I think whenever you strain a hamstring, until it's 100 percent completely gone, I think there's an awareness there," Price said. "He's obviously pitched with it a few times. I'm not concerned about it. Right now, it doesn't seem like a huge concern, but I would hate for it to get exacerbated."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.