The Cincinnati Reds have announced that left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will be joining their Double-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats on a major league rehab assignment beginning tonight in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chapman, the 23-year-old flamethrower originally from Cuba, is currently on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, and has been out since May 16. Chapman has appeared in three games as part of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville (0-1, 13.50), and then returned to Cincinnati for a few side sessions. Chapman is eligible to be activated from the disabled list, and has about 10 days remaining on his rehab assignment, and could be with the Mudcats until June 15.
Chapman made his major league debut on August 31, 2010, striking out his first batter, Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy, on a pitch clocked at 103.9 mph according to www.reds.com. During his brief major league debut season, Chapman hit 100mph or better 75 times according to Pitch/FX.
This season, Chapman has appeared in 16 games with a 2-0 record over 13 innings, fanning 15 and walking 20 while compiling an ERA of 6.92. Chapman has fanned 34 hitters over his 26-inning major league career.
From a Mudcats' Press Release