Chapman, Broxton likely unavailable

More than a few Reds players have watery eyes and irritated noses because of allergies on Tuesday

“We’ve got about 12-13 guys that have allergies,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

One of them is closer Aroldis Chapman.

“Chapman looked like hell. I don’t think he’s available tonight,” Baker said. “I don’t know if [Jonathan] Broxton is available tonight. We may have to close with somebody else. He’s gone two days in a row and he threw 30 pitches the day before. I was a little apprehensive about using him last night. I was little apprehensive about using him last night. It’s not the innings sometimes, but the workload of that inning.”

Chapman has also worked two days in a row and earned back-to-back saves.

2 Comments

Can’t the players take antihistamines, or use antihistamine eye drops and/or nasal spray? Are antihistimines a drug on the forbidden list (doping), or do they mask signs of other drug use? Just curious.

Go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_drug_policy to see a list of drugs, steroids and stimulants that are forbidden in MLB.

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