Sports News

Reds activate Chapman, option Partch

By Mark Schmetzer, The Associated Press

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds activated left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against Colorado.

Chapman was active for the first time this season just one day after Jonathan Broxton blew his first save after five straight. Broxton allowed the Rockies to tie Friday's game after the Reds had snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth. The Reds won in the bottom of the ninth on Joey Votto's homer.

Chapman has recorded 38 saves each of the last two seasons for the Reds and manager Bryan Price indicated he wouldn't waste any time using Chapman in a save situation.

"I'm not hesitant," Price said. "He doesn't need a soft landing."

That was good news for Chapman, who opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19.

"I hope I pitch tonight," he said through assistant trainer and interpreter Tomas Veras. "I'm really happy to be back with the team."

Chapman returns after making four rehab appearances. He didn't finish with impressive numbers in his last two — allowing eight earned runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikes, along with hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch in a total of one inning — but Price wasn't concerned.

"He's satisfied everything we wanted him to do," the first-year manager said. "The ball is coming out of his hand easy. He had good velocity, a good slider and changeup. He's proven that he's not affected by the events in spring training. That's probably something he's done talking about."

Righty Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the roster for Chapman, who opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19. He hadn't allowed an earned run in 4 1-3 innings over three games with the Reds this season.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Woman rushed to hospital after train and car collision
 
Terrace to consider fulltime bylaw officer
 
Meet the 2014 Citizen of the Year
Terrace hockey players feed Osoyoos Coyotes
 
Atom B Royals win Squirt tournament
 
Site C dam construction to start next summer
Penticton family flying over random act of kindness
 
Playpen donates to help animals
 
IllRideWithYou: Aussies offer support to Muslims

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.