3:11pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Sports

Minor League Stint Nears Ends

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman could play the final game in his minor-league stint tonight with the Louisville Bats. Tomorrow, his 30-day rehab clock will expire and the Reds will have to decide whether to put him back on their roster or leave him in the minor league. Chapman is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the nation, and currently holds the record for the fastest pitch ever recorded in the MLB.

In mid-May, the 23-year-old was placed on the disabled list for shoulder inflammation. In early June, he was sent to the minor leagues to continue his recovery. Since beginning this stint, he has jumped between the triple-A Bats and the double-A Carolina Mudcats. 

Chapman has been greatly scrutinized over the last month, with many people questioning his confidence and capability of returning to the majors.  But in his last appearance, on Saturday, Chapman threw two perfect innings and racked up three strikeouts.