Are the Cincinnati Reds rushing Aroldis Chapman back to the majors?

Closer rocked again at Louisville Wednesday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Are the Cincinnati Reds trying to bring closer Aroldis Chapman back to the majors too soon?

Chapman was rocked again Wednesday afternoon in his second rehab outing with the AAA Louisville Bats.

Chapman retired only one of his five batters in the ninth inning against the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles' top farm team.

His line for a total of one inning pitched over two days - eight earned runs, seven hits, two walks, two strikeouts, one hit batsman, one wild pitch and an ERA of 72.00.

Reds manager Bryan Price had said Chapman might rejoin the Reds Friday after two outings with Louisville.

But that might change now.

"He obviously wasn't terribly sharp,"  Price said. "We would like him, when we activate him, to be ready to go. We'll make an assessment, I'm sure, in the next couple of days."

Price said he wants to talk to Bats manager Jim Riggleman and pitching coach Ted Power before making a decision.

Chapman gave up three singles, a walk and two earned runs before he was pulled Wednesday. A later run was charged to Chapman. He had one strikeout.

That followed Chapman's five-run blowup in the first inning Tuesday.

Chapman started and allowed four hits, hit a batter, walked one, struck out one and threw a wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning.

Chapman had good velocity Tuesday – four pitches lit the radar gun at 100 mph – but poor control and location,  Riggleman said.

Chapman has been on the disabled list since he was hit in the face by a line drive in a March 19 spring training game.

That Was Fast: Reds Recall Bernadina

Outfielder Roger Bernadina barely had time to unpack when the Reds recalled him from Louisville to take Jay Bruce's roster spot while the right fielder recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Bernadina was designated for assignment on Saturday to make room for Skip Schumaker, who was activated off the disabled list.

Bernadina cleared waivers and was sent outright to the Bats.

Bruce is expected to miss a month.


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