For just the second time in 244 major league appearances, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman walked four batters in the same game. The last incident occurred on May 15, 2011 against the Cardinals, when Chapman walked four of five batters. On Sunday, in the first game of a double-header against the Rockies, Chapman walked four of four.
The Reds’ trainer visited Chapman to inquirer about potential discomfort, but left and Chapman stayed in the game, only to continue with the wildness. He threw 28 pitches in total, but only 12 were strikes. J.J. Hoover relieved the lefty, but allowed a sacrifice fly to Wilin Rosario before serving up a two-out, three-run, walk-off home run to Drew Stubbs. The five-run ninth resulted in a 10-9 victory for the Rockies.
The two clubs are playing a double-header as a result of Saturday night’s postponement due to a water main break outside of Coors Field.
The Rockies activated first baseman Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, the club announced. Cristhian Adames was designated for assignment to create roster space. Desmond is in Sunday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks, batting sixth.
Desmond, 31, signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies in December. In March, he was unfortunately hit by a pitch and suffered a broken left hand. He underwent surgery to repair the damage.
Desmond had been playing in extended spring training as a precursor to rehab games, but he looked so good that the Rockies decided to activate him from the disabled list a little early.
This wasn’t how Aaron Sanchez was supposed to make his triumphant return from the disabled list. The Blue Jays’ right-hander was activated for his first start on Sunday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure to have part of his fingernail removed. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the surgery should have accelerated the healing process for a troublesome blister, and the team appeared confident in the right-hander’s ability to take the mound for the tail end of their homestand. Instead, Sanchez lasted just 13 pitches before exiting the game with a split nail on his right middle finger.
The team has yet to address Sanchez’s revised timetable for return, but Chisholm points out that they should be able to roll with their current rotation through May 9. If he sits out longer, the Jays could turn to left-hander J.A. Happ, who should be eligible to start sometime next month after he makes a full recovery from a bout of left elbow inflammation.
Sanchez, 24, entered Sunday with a 4.38 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.6 SO/9 through 12 1/3 innings with Toronto. He was replaced by right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera in the top of the second inning.