Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was expected to come off the disabled list and return from facial fractures this weekend, but first he needed to get through a few minor-league rehab appearances and … well, they have gone very badly.
Chapman allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning yesterday at Triple-A and then followed that up today by allowing three more runs in one-third of an inning. Overall he recorded three outs in two appearances while giving up eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Oof.
Reports of his velocity have been very encouraging, including some triple-digit heat, but it’s hard to imagine the Reds activating Chapman unless he can put together a couple problem-free appearances first.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.