Reds closer Aroldis Chapman pitched just once in the span of 12 days because of shoulder soreness, but he was on back on the mound Monday to work the ninth inning of a blowout win.
Chapman didn’t look sharp, walking two of the five batters he faced, but manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that “he’s past that point where I think the soreness is out of there and he should be good to go.”
There was a lot of trade speculation swirling around Chapman last month, as the Reds moved multiple veterans including ace Johnny Cueto, but nothing came of the Chapman rumors. Expect the speculation to start up again this winter, because 2016 is Chapman’s final year before hitting the open market as a free agent and, assuming his shoulder is fine down the stretch, the Reds could cash him in for a big return.
Chapman has a 1.78 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 51 innings this season.