Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman will be ready to compete when the second half commences on Friday.
The 26-year-old Chapman (0-2, 2.12 ERA) reaggravated his left hamstring while covering first base in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Considering what the courageous Cuban has already overcome this season, Chapman’s readiness to play isn’t surprising.
Chapman suffered a skull fracture above his left eye after getting struck by a line drive during a spring training game in March.
“The Cuban Missile” underwent the knife to fix the wound and had a metal plate permanently inserted into his head.
Remarkably, Chapman returned to the Reds on May 10 and has since converted 21 saves in 23 opportunities.
Cincinnati (51-44) is only 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central and the importance of Chapman’s health can’t be overstated.
One of the sport’s most intimidating men on the hill, the blazing southpaw gives Cincinnati an indispensable weapon that few squads have.
Tall, lanky and athletic, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Chapman only employs a heater and slider.
Nevertheless, once gunning the fastest recorded pitch in MLB history at 105.1 mph, Chapman doesn’t need an extensive repertoire to flourish.
As a ballsy stopper in “The Queen City,” Chapman can help the Reds capture their sixth World Series title this autumn.
Regardless of how Cincinnati’s 2014 campaign concludes, Aroldis Chapman has already earned his $5 million paycheck.by