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.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.