CINCINNATI -- Eligible for activation from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, reliever Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds clubhouse Monday afternoon.However, Chapman's results from a rehab assignment are not indicative of someone about to come off the DL. With Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, the left-hander took the loss vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre after he allowed four runs and four hits over 1 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three while throwing 37 pitches, including 24 strikes. In three appearances for Louisville since going on the DL with left shoulder inflammation on May 16, Chapman has a 13.50 ERA with seven runs and nine hits allowed over 4 2/3 innings. He has walked two and struck out eight and has had two wild pitches. His first outing was a 1-2-3, eight-pitch inning, but it got bumpy after that. "His second outing, he threw a lot of strikes but got hit. Yesterday, he had a great first inning and a poor second inning," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "We want him sharp. That's the second part of this rehab stint. One was to get healthy and two was to throw the ball the way he's capable of throwing." Although Chapman is not currently slated for another appearance with Louisville, it didn't sound as though his activation was coming on Tuesday. "We'll let you know in a few days," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We can't tell you everything. We have a pretty good idea. We want to make sure everything is OK." The Reds bullpen has recently been strapped with injuries to Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney, as well as two extra-inning games and some short starts on the previous road trip. Having Chapman back would be a boost, but only if he's effective. Before going on the DL, he could barely find the strike zone. In 16 appearances overall, he had a 6.92 ERA with 20 walks and 15 strikeouts over 13 innings. "We anticipate him being a big factor in our bullpen," Price said. "However, we'd like to see him throwing the ball well prior to his return with the club."
Reineke to get the ball on Tuesday
CINCINNATI -- The Reds announced on Monday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Chad Reineke would be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start on Tuesday against the Brewers. Reineke, who attended Miami University in Ohio, will take the spot of Homer Bailey, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday."The young man has been in our organization, [and] this is his second year of throwing the ball well," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He deserves an opportunity, especially in our present pitching situation." In 10 games, including nine starts, for Louisville, the 29-year-old Reineke was 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA. In 52 2/3 innings, he has allowed 50 hits and 16 walks with 31 strikeouts. His last big league outing was a one-day stint for the A's on Aug. 5, 2009, vs. the Rangers. To make room for Reineke, the Reds will have to make a move on both the 25-man and 40-man roster.
Reds honor military with Memorial Day ceremonies
CINCINNATI -- As part of the Memorial Day remembrance, the Reds honored the service of the military members, past and present, on Monday.Five members of the Cincinnati chapter of the famed Tuskegee Airmen were honored on the field. Keith Maupin, the father of Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin, received the Honor and Remember flag from an organization honoring individuals who died in military service. Matt Maupin was missing in action during the Iraq war until his remains were found in 2008. A father-and-son duo with a combination of over 50 years of U.S. Navy service, Paul Miller and Chris Miller formed the battery for a ceremonial first pitch. And U.S. Naval officer Ruben Minor sang the national anthem. The Reds held a moment of silence to honor all Americans who sacrificed their lives in service of the country. The Reds and Brewers both wore special caps for the day. Cincinnati's cap was red and white with a stars and stripes flavored wishbone 'C.'
Bailey could resume throwing soon
CINCINNATI -- On the 15-day disabled list since Saturday with a sprained posterior capsule in his right shoulder, Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey believed he could resume throwing from flat ground in the next day or two.Bailey is not feeling much discomfort or restriction from his injury, which he sustained during his start on Thursday vs. the Phillies. "I can do everything but throw, apparently," Bailey said. "It just depends on what they tell me to do, honestly." Bailey lasted four innings vs. Philadelphia in a no-decision. He felt something while hitting in the top of the fourth and didn't feel the same when he pitched the bottom half of the inning. "When I went out there for the fourth inning, I topped out at 86," Bailey said. "I saw it and I didn't like it."
Center fielder Drew Stubbs was given a night off from the starting lineup on Monday while Chris Heisey took his place and led off. Stubbs' previous time out of the lineup was on May 19. Following a very draining 2-8 Reds road trip, Baker didn't exactly get the arrival home he hoped for upon discovering that the power was out in his building. "I couldn't get in my garage and had to walk up seven flights of stairs to get to my apartment," Baker said. "[Paul] Janish helped me. I was like, 'That's it, right there.' This old dude with this bad leg -- me and Janish and his wife. Then I got home, got to bed and the lights came on. I ain't lying."