Reds to call up Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday

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As Craig said earlier, rather than wait until Sept. 1 to make the move, the Reds announced that they’ll call up Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday to pitch out of their pen.
The timing of the move suggests that the Reds see Chapman as part of their postseason roster, even though he’s yet to throw a major league pitch. The Reds could call up Chapman on Sept. 1 and worry later about getting him onto the postseason roster, but this way, they won’thave to deal with the hassle.
The 21-year-old Chapman has a 2.40 ERA and a 49/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings since moving to the pen at Triple-A Louisville. He still projects as a starter for the Reds, but the team is committed to keeping him in the pen for the rest of the season. Ideally, he’d make the same kind of impact for the team that Francisco Rodriguez did for the Angels back in 2002.

Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during game one of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 14, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.

Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:


Um, yikes.

Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet

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Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.

A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.

Today Hoynes made good on his bet. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a baseball writer drop trou, by the way: