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Reds Flamethrower Aroldis Chapman to Pitch at Pringles Park

(Press Release) The Jackson Generals will host the Carolina Mudcats for five games in four days beginning Wednesday night at 7:05 PM to end the first half.

The Mudcats have confirmed that Cincinnati left-handed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to pitch one relief inning on Wednesday night at Pringles Park, continuing his rehab assignment. Chapman is on record as throwing the fastest pitch in Major League Baseball history at 105 MPH. Chapman has appeared in three games for Carolina, allowing five earned runs in four and one-third innings. His last outing was two scoreless innings Sunday against the Smokies in Zebulon, NC. He threw 20 pitches, 11 for strikes.

Chapman, the 23-year-old flamethrower originally from Cuba, is currently on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, and has been out since May 16th. Chapman has appeared in three games as part of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville (0-1, 13.50), and then returned to Cincinnati for a few side sessions. Chapman is eligible to be activated from the disabled list, and has eight days remaining in the maximum 30-day rehab assignment.

Chapman made his major league debut on August 31, 2010, striking out his first batter, Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy, on a pitch clocked at 103.9 mph according to www.reds.com. During his brief major league debut season, Chapman hit 100mph or better 75 times according to Pitch/FX.

This season, Chapman has appeared in 16 games with a 2-0 record over 13 innings, fanning 15 and walking 20 while compiling an ERA of 6.92. Chapman has fanned 34 hitters over his 26-inning major league career. Chapman signed a six-year, $30.25 million deal with Cincinnati in January of 2010.

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