Arolids Chapman is coming

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At 105 miles per hour, it should take Aroldis Chapman just under an hour to get from Louisville to Cincinnati today or, at the latest, tomorrow, which is when Jeff Passan is reporting that the Reds are going to call the dude up.

It’s almost unfair that the Reds, riding high right now, have a weapon like Chapman they can call up.  If he’s even partially as effective for the Cincinnati as he’s been for Lousiville since moving to the pen, the Reds are going to be even tougher down the stretch than they otherwise shaped up to be.

Recent playoff history has featured a number of late season callups rocking the bullpen with effectiveness. Chapman may be the next.  And as long as his late inning stint this fall doesn’t convince the Reds to chuck the notion of him being a starter and they instead turn him into a full-time relief pitcher, I’ll be happy to see it.

Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves starter Mike Soroka will be shut down for the next 4-5 days due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

Soroka is not presently listed in the top five of the Braves depth chart at starter, but is nonetheless an enormously talented pitcher who, at some point this season, was likely to figure into their plans. He was supposed to figure in more largely than he did last season, but after an impressive debut he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, making only five starts.

There will no doubt be a reevaluation of him in the next few days, but this is could bad news for the Braves’ pitching depth.