Aroldis Chapman was
assigned to throw one inning or 25 pitches for the Reds' class AAA team
against Milwaukee on Sunday. It was his first appearance since leaving last
Monday's game with back spasms. He completed one inning of work while
throwing nineteen pitches. Hitting 97mph on the radar, Chapman threw twelve
strikes (11 fastballs and one slider) allowing one hit and striking out two.
Chapman commented on his outing and Opening day in Cincinnati after the game
through interpreter Tomas Vera, the Reds' AAA trainer:
"I feel good about it, I could throw more innings, it was only two days that
I missed throwing."
"I've been told Opening Day is important to the city of Cincinnati, I hope I
can be there and part of the team at that time, but it's not my decision."
Chapman is still considered in contention for the Reds' fifth spot along
with Travis Wood and Mike Leake. All three
are scheduled to pitch again on Wednesday.
Reds lost Sunday's game against the Dodgers by a final score of 2-1. Bronson
Arroyo started the game for the Reds going six innings and allowed two runs
on five hits. Arroyo's outing was the longest by any Reds pitcher so far
this spring. Juan Francisco struck out three times.
On Saturday, the Reds lost to the Padres 5-2. Micah Owings had a strong
start going three innings allowing only one hit and striking out three.
Former Red Jerry Hairston Jr. collected three singles against his old team
in his first three plate appearances.
Monday's game against the Cubs will feature a lineup that could be very
consistent to the one we will see on Opening Day. Carlos Fisher will start
the game for the Reds.
Drew Stubbs 8
Orlando Cabrera 6
Joey Votto 3
Brandon Phillips 4
Scott Rolen 5
Jay Bruce 9
Chris Dickerson 7
Ramon Hernandez 2
Carlos Fisher 1