Aroldis Chapman dodged a comebacker pitching Tuesday in
Louisville and then struggled to get outs.
Chapman, pitching for the Triple A Louisville Bats for the
first time in his recovery, failed to make it out of the first inning. He
allowed six base runners, five earned runs and only recorded two outs. Chapman was pulled after throwing 32 pitches.
The first batter of the game hit a soft line drive that
sailed over Chapman's head on the mound. Chapman hasn't pitched in a big
league game this season after he was hit by a line drive in spring training.
"He didn't have any flash backs or any thoughts about it,"
said a translator for Aroldis Chapman. "It did go over his head, but it
didn't hit him. He didn't have any ill thoughts about it."
Chapman was scheduled to pitch again Wednesday before
rejoining the Reds this weekend, but after the rough outing and the high number
of pitches, Chapman said he's unsure if the Reds will change the plan.
Chapman has now pitched three minor league games in his
comeback, two for Dayton and one for Louisville. The Reds announced they
expect him to return to the Reds this Friday.