Is your team struggling with a losing record? Are they saddled with numerous injuries to their bullpen? Do they face a rugged schedule over the next few weeks? Are you trying to conduct a fundraising drive for a sports blog during a losing streak by the team it covers?

If you answered yes to three out of four of these questions, you must be a Cincinnati Reds fan, probably suffering from lingering Off-Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Here’s a remedy for what ails you: Pictures of Aroldis Chapman throwing and running at Great American Ball Park today. Enjoy!

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Pretty sure that’s fellow Cuban, catcher Brayan Peña, with AC.

  2. Great news ! But it seems that the rate-determining factor in Chapman’s return will be when his repaired facial bones will be stable enough for him to survive a similar repeat incident. That was estimated as 2 months from the time of the injury.

    • The injury must be fuly healed before Chapman can resume full baseball activity on the mound, but the fact that he has been able to resume conditioning and throwing will make his recovery that much shorter once he is cleared for full baseball activity, probably a very brief rehab assignment of a few games just to get him aclimated to facing live hitters again.

      • Even beyond all of this will be any lingering psychological effects. Will he be able to come back at the level he was before the injury?

      • Can he not go “LeBron” and wear a mask? Would that help?

  3. This afternoon on mlbnetwork radio, Chris (“Mad Dog”) Russo talked about how the Brewers have a chance this year (OK) largely because “The NL Central is a bad division” (not OK). He’s a loud Giants fan, and otherwise has an East Coast (Yankees- Red Sox) bias.

    I tweeted him some obvious facts that contradict his statement. Also tweeted Redleg Nation.

    • Wow, what a blind by Russo given the NL Central owned both wildcards and represented the NL in the WS. Wow. Outside the Cubs, the NL Central is as deep as any division.

  4. Brayan Pena was an outstanding offsean aquisition by the Reds. I was afraid that the reds had over-paid for the 32-year-old,journeyman catcher after a big, outlier season in 2013, but I love this guy on the roster for everything he brings to the table every day.

    • I actually like the Reds bench right now, the first time I have in years. A big part of that is having Soto as the 3rd catcher and Price’s use of the second catcher (usually Pena) as a pinch hitter. Except for Santiago, everyone on the bench can hit at least a little.

      • I’ll put a big ol’ 2nd on that notion from the Old Cossack! The ability to utilize Pena or Mesoraco as a pinch hitter is especially encouraging.

      • Agreed… bench seems better to me in perception alone. Combine that with the fact Dusty is not running it makes it better already to me.

  5. And yeh Pena seems like a really positive guy, and having him around is good for Chapman.

  6. Agreed. I like Pena.

  7. Great to see.

    As a side note, I’m a little surprised to see Chapman is so muscular. He always presents the image of being long and lanky, but in these pics he looks pretty buff.

  8. Great to see Chappy moving about, he looks fantastic. Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train. Get back soon, Aroldis.

  9. The Missle is a ways from taking the bump, but it is good to see him progressing and healing. My question to all is are the Reds better off with him as the closer or should the starting drum still beat? I admit I thought he should have transitioned to the starting rotation, but after the first few games of the season, my opinion wavers. Does my opinion waver because of Price’s illogical moves, the Reds are short handed because of those on the DL, or is he so good at high leverage situations no one can replace him? Any thoughts?

    • My take on your question is, I don’t know and I doubt that anybody not in the front office or on the coaching staff (including the manager) does. It seems so illogical to NOT have him start that I have to assume that Price et al know something they aren’t revealing (temperament? secondary pitches? durability?). His brief experiment with starting in the minors didn’t, as I recall, remove any doubts. I understand that a good starter has more value to the team than does a good reliever (though not more than a good bullpen), but is a good reliever worth more than an undependable starter who often can’t get past the 5th inning? I don’t know, and I can’t assume that we know better than does Price.

  10. I’d like to see the Reds go get a LH reliever somewhere to help out Parra until Chapman gets back. I don’t know if we can or should expect Chapman to go full tilt when he returns. And it would be a little insurance in case Marshall cannot come back until later in the year. Even if it just helps the bullpen for two months, it might be worth it.

  11. I heard some crazy talk somewhere (Reds Radio???) that S.Marshall could be back within 2 weeks. Of course I’ll believe that when it has happened.

    • I think I heard the same report that also mentioned to expect Nick Masset back any day!

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About Steve Mancuso

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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