This really stinks, not only because OMGReds was rooting (along with countless Reds fans) for Chapman to win the job as the fifth starter (which he could still do if this doesn’t prove to be a setback) but also because we’re headed to Goodyear on Friday morning and we were really hoping to see him pitch.
CBS’ Scott Miller points out that Chapman lost velocity in his second inning of relief (also reflected in a quote by Reds pitching coach Bryan Price).
But here was Price’s best quote about it afterward (which was in Sheldon’s article):
“We’re not going to send guys out there that have problems or ailments that we’re aware of,” Price said. “Sometimes guys are going to go out there and compete because of the lure of trying to make the team and things of that nature. If this was an issue, then he shouldn’t have been pitching. Hopefully, next time we’ll know before he gets to game time.”