The Missile Returns

The Cincinnati Reds announced the activation of Aroldis Chapman today. He’s available to pitch against the Rockies tonight.

Chapman’s return comes a little more than seven weeks after he was struck on the forehead by a line drive in a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. The following day surgeons repaired a broken bone over his left eye and inserted a titanium plate to stabilize the bone.

Early estimates by Reds medical officials that the 26-year-old pitcher would be out “at least six to eight weeks” proved accurate.

The Cuban closer has been on a rehab plan that included pitching in two games for the Dayton Dragons and two games for the Louisville Bats.

Enjoy some high definition Chapman from last year:


13 thoughts on “The Missile Returns

  1. Hope he’s more intimidating to the Rockies than he was to the minor leaguers. What’s Spanish for “just hit the Gapper”?

  2. Glad he is back ! – just an absolute amazing recovery – certainly need him in this pen !

  3. There is an element of risk in activating Chapman on short rehab, If he turns out not to be ready either physically or mentally, they’ll have to cook up an injury (no problem really) but more importantly lose him for two more weeks.

  4. Dnag! The Old Cossack knew it was coming, but I really hoped the Reds (WJ? Bryan?) wouldn’t rush Chapman back to the 25-man roster before he had fully demonstrated he was ready. The Reds (WJ? Bryan?) rushed Marshall back with disastrous results both for Marshall and the bullpen. Hopefully this situation doesn’t turn out equally disastrous. The last 2 outings for Chapman in AAA were totally unacceptable in demonstrating his readiness to return on the 25-man roster. Why not give him a couple more AAA appearances to be sure before activating him? Chapman’s success is totally dependent on his fast ball. If marginal AAA hitters can turn around his fastball, what are the ROX going to do against him?

    • Agree, but has Marshall been a disaster?, one bad outing in a game they were losing. What is bizarre is how little they use him and I fear the same with Chapman.
      Setting yourslef up with more roster players who cannot play regularly.

  5. I just saw the headline on the Rockies’ beat writer’s article for “Rockies get to Cueto, but fall on walk-off.” Ha! If that’s getting to Cueto I’d hate to see the Rockies really get shut down….

  6. I personally would have like to have seen a transition to starter, move Cingrani to the pen with Simon

    • I hate to break it to you, but that ship sailed 2 years ago. It’s LOOOOOOOOOOONG gone.

      • I am getting to that point of acceptance…So is he a closer for life? Seems like such a waste, and obvious dominant force if he could ever keep the pitch count low and I thought they had starting games last spring training until Dusty talked everyone out of it?

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