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08:11 AM ET 09.12 | For most, pitching 94 wouldn't be cause for alarm, but Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is a different story. [Chapman] thinks five days to a week of rest will get him over the fatigue he's dealing with. He will be shut down for at least a few days with shoulder fatigue. "A little of bit of fatigue," Chapman said through translator Tomas Vera. "For a couple games back, I feel like I haven't been myself. I felt a lot of fatigue. I don't think it's anything major. I just feel weak." Chapman has had it before. ... Chapman's velocity has been down noticeably in his last two outings. He was throwing 94 to his first two batters [Tuesday] night. "It affects the speed," he said. "If the muscle is fatigued, you don't have the strength you want."

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September 12, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Best move.........Reds basically have clinched give him a rest for the playoffs, Braxton will fill in with no problems.

September 12, 2012  09:07 AM ET

This is the dead arm time of year, it only gets worse in Oct-Nov!!

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September 12, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Best move.........Reds basically have clinched give him a rest for the playoffs, Braxton will fill in with no problems.

I agree. This is a no-brainer.

September 12, 2012  10:03 AM ET

wiseup: Watch the game monday night , the 14 inning game with pittsburg. Chapman came in in the 9th ining. he got the first hitter to pop out . then walked one gave up a base hit , then walked the next, he was then taken out but the next pitcher got the next guy to ground out to end the ining with no runs scoring. Chapman topped out with a 97mph fastball most of the pitches he through was a pedestrian 93 to 95 mph fastball. Chapman also blew a save and lost the game Sunday against Houston giving up a 3run HR that gave Houston the win.

September 12, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Tuesday night's game with Pittsburg Broxton came in to pitch the ninth ining and got the save. That was another reason the Reds got Broxton, to set up in the eigth inng and as a backup for Chapman. his 35 saves came after the end of May . He took over the closer role after Marshall was having trouble successfully closing games. Before his loss sunday against Houston he had saved 27 games in a row since the end of inter league play.With about 4 or 5 games rest he should be back in triple digits with his fast ball.

September 12, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Chapman topped out with a 97mph fastball most of the pitches he through was a pedestrian 93 to 95 mph fastball. Chapman also blew a save and lost the game Sunday against Houston giving up a 3run HR that gave Houston the win.

Chapman has not hit the 100mph mark in his last 3 outings, when all year his fastball was in the 98-103 mph range. A weeks rest and he will be fine but look for the Reds to use Broxton more in the last few weeks of the season to get Chapman as much rest as possible but still give him work to keep him sharp for the playoffs.

And as far as the homerun....well as they say "A blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then"

September 12, 2012  11:11 AM ET

I think this answers the question of Chapman being a starter. No way he holds up for a full season throwing 3,200 pitches. A closer he is.

September 12, 2012  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think this answers the question of Chapman being a starter. No way he holds up for a full season throwing 3,200 pitches. A closer he is.

And may the force....

September 12, 2012  11:42 AM ET

Hopefully he'll be back next week. My fantasy team needs him desperately.

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September 12, 2012  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think this answers the question of Chapman being a starter. No way he holds up for a full season throwing 3,200 pitches. A closer he is.

Disagree - If they really want him to be a starter (which i would not at this point) they should help him develop a third pitch and focus less of throwing 98-103. There is a reason starters, even hard throwers average in the 94 range

September 12, 2012  12:27 PM ET

Some sports doctor was claiming that pitch counts and Innings Pitched should be regarded as guidelines but that the real issue is fatigue. If your arm is tired, and you continue to throw, that is when injuries occur. If his shoulder is tired, he needs to rest it until it isn't tired any longer.

September 12, 2012  12:46 PM ET

wiseup: Reds are saying Chapman just has arm fatigue, no issue with shoulder. With 5 to 7days off and they will go from there. I see Chapman back but rest of season sharing closing duty with Broxton rest of season. this way Chapman gets to stay sharp but get some rest also. Big advantage being 101/2 games up with 19 games to play.

September 12, 2012  01:09 PM ET

uh oh.... better shut him down now while it's just fatigue...

September 12, 2012  01:13 PM ET
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Toni Braxton? What Braxton? Jonathan BRONXTON? You mean the guy whose 08' pitch to Matt Stairs STILL hasn't re-entered earth's atmosphere? Yeah, I see no problems with him filling in for the best RP in the NL........<rolls eyes>

You know how to make a guy laugh...........

yep thats right ....... the past is the past let it go...........Reds have the best Bullpen in Baseball they will be fine.......the same was said when Votto went down and they would not be able to hold off the Pirates or Cards you see what they did .......they where fine without Votto......and they will be fine without Chappy.

September 12, 2012  01:17 PM ET
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Tuesday night's game with Pittsburg Broxton came in to pitch the ninth ining and got the save. That was another reason the Reds got Broxton, to set up in the eigth inng and as a backup for Chapman. his 35 saves came after the end of May . He took over the closer role after Marshall was having trouble successfully closing games. Before his loss sunday against Houston he had saved 27 games in a row since the end of inter league play.With about 4 or 5 games rest he should be back in triple digits with his fast ball.

You forgot to include: wiseup:

How are we really to believe this is actually wiseup making this comment?

September 12, 2012  01:18 PM ET

Chapman will rest up and be ready for next year.

September 12, 2012  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Chapman will rest up and be ready for next year.

Seems like the safe bet.

 
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