Aroldis Chapman is really struggling on his rehab assignment

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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.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.