Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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The Cincinnati Reds are concerned about closer Aroldis Chapman’s recent erratic control and loss of velocity, though they are saying the troublesome symptoms are due to fatigue and not injury, according to MarkSheldon of MLB.com:

"Yeah, because his velocity was down," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He didn't have any pain. He might be a little tired. We might have to rest him for a while here. He was analyzed by a doctor. The doctor said his shoulder is fatigued. We've got to take care of him."

Sheldon notes that during last night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chapman’s velocity was down in the 97 mph range and even dropped to 93-94.  While this is still considered extremely hard, the Cuban native has become known for his ability to reach triple-digits.
While Chapman did surrender three walks in his 2/3 of an inning against the Pirates, he was able to escape without allowing a run.  This was not the case in the 24-year-old’s prior appearance against the Houston Astros, during which he allowed three runs on four hits in one inning of work.
Even following his pair of rough outings, Chapman has still posted ridiculous numbers this season.  His ERA has now risen to 1.60, good for second-best in the National League among relievers.  He also ranks second in WHIP (0.80) and leads the league in strikeouts with 119, giving him 15.8 SO/9 against only 2.7 BB/9.
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