Chapman hamstring, Reds in ASG
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman came up limping with a sore right hamstring after he covered first base on a groundout to end the bottom of the eighth inning for the National League in the All-Star Game.
“I’m not 100 percent ready to run full speed,” Chapman said with D-backs catcher Miguel Montero translating. “I kind of hesitated a little bit and I just kind of took it easy to go to first.”
Chapman first injured the hamstring on July 6 in Cincinnati while in the outfield before a game vs. the Brewers. As for his status when the second half begins on Friday vs. the Yankees in New York, Chapman was not concerned.
“I will be fine,” Chapman said. “I’ve been pitching through it for a while. As long as I don’t have to run, it feels good to pitch.”
As for the other Reds in the game, catcher Devin Mesoraco replaced Jonathan Lucroy behind the plate in the fourth and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout. Todd Frazier entered in the bottom of the sixth to replace Aramis Ramirez and drew a four-pitch walk from Fernando Rodney in the top of the eighth.
A Reds All-Star has not notched a hit in the game since 2010, when Scott Rolen hit a seventh-inning single. Cincinnati is 0-for-19 since that hit.
“It was fun. It was cool. It was cool to be in the dugout with all the guys, just hanging out,” Mesoraco said.
“I didn’t know when I was going in. The anticipation was a little crazy for me,” Frazier said. “I got in there. I wanted to face [A's lefty Sean] Doolittle because I faced him in high school. He’s a Jersey guy. I was a little upset they took him out. At the same time, they put Rodney in and four-straight pitches [to walk]. I didn’t even get a swing. I’ll take it. At least I lead the All-Stars in on-base percentage.”
Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon gave up a leadoff single lofted to right field by Derek Jeter but worked a scoreless third inning. Read his story here.
Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final game. Frazier was among the many players who enjoyed the All-Star sendoff the retiring Yankees captain received.
“That was cool. That was awesome,” Frazier said. “I liked the [Bob] Sheppard announcer, ‘Now batting, No. 2…’ I used to mimic him all the time. They did it up right. I was happy for him. He got two hits, unfortunately for the National League. He’s a great athlete. He’s a Hall of Famer. I’m very happy for the sendoff he had.”