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.

Justin Upton cuts finger on broken wine glass, lands on DL

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Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Angels announced that outfielder Justin Upton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to August 19) due to a laceration on his left index finger. Outfielder Jabari Blash has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Upton, 30, suffered the injury on Sunday night at home when he handled a broken wine glass, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Upton received four stitches for his wound.

This season, Upton is hitting a productive .267/.352/.474 with 26 home runs and 74 RBI in 522 plate appearances. He’s in the first year of his five-year, $106 million extension with the Angels signed last November.

Blash, 29, has briefly been in the majors this year, batting a dismal .087 in 23 at-bats. With Salt Lake, Blash hit .321/.430/.702 with 26 home runs and 62 RBI in 314 PA.