Aroldis Chapman recently has had some lower back issues, but the occasional ache makes Chapman no different than any other Reds player. What does make Chapman different is his ability to throw fastballs over 100 mph. And when Chapman has a setback, such as the walk-off homer he allowed to Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday, there is nothing that causes more consternation in Reds Nation. Chapman's ERA since June 7 is 10.13, with an 0-3 record and two blown saves. Before June 7, Chapman did not allow an earned run all year. Reds manager Dusty Baker said earlier this week that Chapman has had some lower back issues, but neither Baker nor pitching coach Bryan Price believe that is a reason for Chapman allowing some runs lately. "I don't see it as an issue," Price said Wednesday. "He's gone in there and gotten treatment for his lower back, but he'd be like a dozen other guys who go in there and gets treatment for something achy or stiff. I don't think he's ever been in a position where he's not able to pitch."
Reds downplay Chapman ailment
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jun 21