Changes In ChapmanWednesday, September 12, 2012
Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball this season. So there was quite a bit of alarm when he yielded three earned runs in an inning last week against the light-hitting Astros and then walked three Pittsburgh batters Monday night.
It turns out the concern over those back-to-back poor outings was justified.
Chapman acknowledged to the Cincinnati medical staff on Tuesday morning that he’s been dealing with shoulder fatigue for over a week, prompting the Reds to shut him down indefinitely. Jonathan Broxton filled in on Tuesday night, converting a save against the Pirates. Sean Marshall may also get some opportunities over the next week-plus.
The Reds enter play Wednesday with a 10 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central standings, so they can rest Chapman all they want down the stretch even if he’s showing signs of progress. The hope being that he’ll be energized entering the postseason.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Chapman owners, but it’s the logical approach for first-place Cincy.
Grab Broxton and Marshall if they’re still unowned and hope for some vultured saves.
Hammel Tweaks Troublesome Right Knee
Jason Hammel has been the Orioles’ best starter in their magical 2012 campaign. When healthy.
The 30-year-old right-hander landed awkwardly while delivering a pitch in the fourth inning Tuesday night against the Rays, aggravating his surgically-repaired right knee. He told reporters after the game that his knee felt much like it did before he went under the knife, suggesting that another surgery or at least an extended absence is on the way.
Hammel has a 3.43 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 113/42 K/BB ratio in 118 innings this season. The primary candidate to replace him in Baltimore’s rotation is Chris Tillman, who has experienced injury issues of his own.
The O’s keep winning somehow, but there are plenty more challenges ahead.
National League Quick Hits: The Brewers are hoping that first baseman Corey Hart (foot) will be ready to return to action Friday … Michael Morse is likely to miss the next few games due to discomfort in his left wrist … Anthony Rizzo will be out of the Cubs’ lineup for the next few games after jamming his shoulder on a collision at first base Tuesday with the Astros’ Brett Wallace … Brandon Belt homered and drove in four runs in the Giants’ defeat of the Rockies on Tuesday night in Colorado … Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie (knee, ankle) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday … R.A. Dickey allowed three runs in seven innings Tuesday against the Nationals, failing to secure his 19th victory … Jimmy Rollins homered, stole a base and drove in three runs Tuesday in the Phillies’ defeat of the Marlins … Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz is day-to-day with a stiff back … Astros youngster Jordan Lyles went five scoreless against the Cubs on Tuesday and now has a 3.96 ERA over his last seven starts … Neil Walker (back) is on track to return to the Pirates’ starting lineup on Friday … Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada hurled 6 2/3 scoreless innings Tuesday in a victory over the Braves … Brandon Phillips homered and drove in two Tuesday in the Reds’ defeat of the Pirates … Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson remains day-to-day with a knee injury … Jose Altuve (ab strain) could return to the Astros’ starting lineup on Wednesday … Ian Kennedy out-dueled Clayton Kershaw in the Diamondbacks’ defeat of the Dodgers on Tuesday night in Arizona … Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin (knee) is likely out until Friday … The Dodgers activated Dee Gordon from the 60-day disabled list.
American League Quick Hits: A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital on Tuesday, six days after undergoing emergency surgery for a fractured skull … Joe Mauer is day-to-day with back spasms … Rays left-hander David Price is on track to return to the Rays’ rotation on Friday against the Yankees after missing a turn last week with shoulder soreness … Adam Dunn (oblique) got a pain-killing injection on Tuesday and could return to the White Sox lineup Wednesday … Adrian Beltre is up to 31 home runs and 90 RBI … Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy finished 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in Tuesday’s thrashing of the Rays … Asdrubal Cabrera (wrist) could remain sidelined until Friday … Royals right-hander Will Smith threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday night against the Twins … Jacoby Ellsbury hit a walkoff RBI single in Boston’s defeat of the Yankees on Tuesday … Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (quad) will split time behind the plate with Geovany Soto once he returns … Erasmo Ramirez struck out six batters over seven innings Tuesday in the Mariners’ victory over the Blue Jays … Ryan Roberts is day-to-day with a forearm strain … Roy Oswalt could be out for over a week with a right forearm strain … Andy Pettitte (knee) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday … The Orioles designated Kevin Gregg for assignment … Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez is on track to return from the disabled list Saturday … Daisuke Matsuzaka will remain in the Red Sox rotation for at least one more turn … Nick Markakis underwent successful thumb surgery on Tuesday afternoon.