Struggles at Triple-A likely mean Aroldis Chapman isn’t ready to rejoin Reds

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Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his struggles while rehabbing a shoulder injury at Triple-A make it unlikely he’ll be activated.

Chapman, who was placed on the DL in the first place for control problems as much as shoulder problems, has an 8/2 K/BB ratio in five outings at Triple-A. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that he’s allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings while Triple-A hitters batted .375 off him, which isn’t encouraging from a guy who’s held overpowered major-league hitters to a .170 batting average.

Sheldon notes that Cincinnati’s bullpen could certainly use some help right now, but pitching coach Bryan Price indicated that the Reds want to see Chapman string together some impressive appearances at Triple-A before returning.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.