CINCINNATI: Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman buzzed a 100 mph fastball past the head of Nick Swisher that had the Indians wondering.
Was it intentional? Probably not. There was no reason for Chapman to throw at Swisher or anyone, and he has a history of being excessively wild when he is trying to light up the radar gun rather than command his fastball.
During his ninth-inning save, Chapman also threw a fastball up on the screen and missed the catcher laterally by about five feet.
“It’s just that it was close to his head,” manager Terry Francona said. “I think it shook Swish up a little, but it didn’t affect his swing.”
Swisher lined out to the left-field track.
“It was nice to see those guys in the dugout,” Swisher said. “If something does happen, I know they’ll be right behind me.”
Jason Giambi also weighed in.
“You never know,” he said. “The first one went to the backstop. I’ve talked to Chapman. He’s a great kid. You have to protect your guys, but I don’t think there was anything to it.’’
HAGADONE RETURNS — Nick Hagadone was called up from Triple-A Columbus to replace Chris Perez on the roster, making it the sixth time he has either been recalled or optioned this season.
Why has Hagadone been a human yo-yo? Because he still has an option remaining, and he is the easiest player to shuttle back and forth between the majors and minors when the Tribe needs a roster spot.
The trip from Columbus was easy. The Clippers were at home, which is little more than 100 miles from Cincinnati.
Also, Hagadone and his wife were planning to drive to Louisville for the Clippers’ next series, so there was little disruption in their schedules.
“I don’t mind it any time I’m going up to the big leagues,” Hagadone said.
Hagadone doesn’t know precisely how he will be used in light of the injury to Perez. Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw probably will share duties in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, when the Tribe has a lead.
“I think our bullpen is in better shape than a lot of teams, even after losing our closer,” Francona said. “I don’t feel that I have to shy away from anybody in our pen.”
SETBACK FOR MYERS — Brett Myers (elbow inflammation) noted a dip in his velocity during his last rehab start and will be examined at the Cleveland Clinic today.
“His elbow got a little cranky,” Francona said, who added that Myers will not make his next rehab start.
FARM FACTS — Cord Phelps hit his sixth homer of the year and singled, driving in three runs, as Columbus lost to Syracuse 8-5. Tim Fedroff doubled and singled. … Cody Anderson gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, as Carolina lost 11-4 to Winston-Salem. Joe Sever had two hits and two RBI. … Jake Sisco (1-4, 3.45 ERA) gave up two earned runs (three total) and five hits in seven innings, as Lake County lost 4-2 to West Michigan. Erik Gonzalez had a double and triple.