Chapman strikes out side in return for Reds

05/12/2014 02:16 PM

After tossing a couple of spotty innings for AAA Louisville in a short rehab stint, flamethrower Aroldis Chapman headed back to the parent club in Cincinnati as the Reds opened a series against the Rockies.

Nicknamed the Cuban Missile, Chapman has notched 38 saves the previous two seasons with the Reds but went on the DL during spring training after taking a line drive off of his head that required surgery to repair fractures in both his eye and nose.

After completing a minor league rehab assignment that included visits to both Dayton and Louisville, Chapman saw big league action for the first time this season as he got the call in the top of the 9th with the Reds leading 4-1. Chapman looked to be in mid-season form as he struck out the side and picked up his first save of the season. In all, Chapman threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes.

“He was pitching with heart and determination,” Reds third baseman Todd Frazier told cincinnatireds.com.

The Reds are off Monday before opening a three-game homestand with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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