(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will be shut down for a few days to help recover from shoulder fatigue.
Chapman, who usually throws 100 mph, has had a drop in velocity his past couple of games. During Monday’s 14-inning game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chapman walked three of the five batters he faced, and was taken out of the game in the middle of an inning for the first time this season. He was examined later and it was determined he had a tired shoulder.
Chapman has been dominating this season, converting 35 of 40 save opportunities. He’s posted a 1.60 ERA, .80 WHIP and has struck out 119 batters in 67.2 innings.
Reliever Jonathan Broxton, who was the closer for the Kansas City Royals this season before being traded to the Reds, is expected to be first option at closer until Chapman returns.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN