Reds' Chapman touches 100 mph against Dodgers

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Aroldis Chapman’s second spring outing was just as impressive as his first, even if he couldn’t find his slider in a two-inning stint versus the Dodgers.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay, Chapman hit 100 mph on the gun while allowing two singles, walking none and striking out two in a pair of scoreless frames.
Chapman said after the game that he was struggling to finish his slider, so he opted to go fastball-changeup. According to Fay, both strikeouts came on changeups, one at 90 mph to Matt Kemp and another at 83 mph to Casey Blake.
Chapman is auditioning for the fifth spot in the Cincinnati rotation after signing a $30.25 million contract in the offseason. The Reds have been non-committal on whether they believe he’d be better off starting in the majors or in the minors. Catcher Ramon Hernandez, though, believes he’s not far away.
“I’ve only caught him four innings,” Hernandez said. “But if he’s not ready, he’s close.”

Matt Chapman to be sidelined for six weeks following shoulder surgery

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.

The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.

Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.