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Posted on: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MLB: Cuban defector Chapman likely headed to minors


Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is likely to start the season in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system.

General manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday that the left-hander who just turned 22 and is still learning the language has adapted well in spring training, but still has a lot of work to do. He hurt his back and missed a week of camp, essentially knocking him out of the competition for the rotation.

Jocketty said "it's going to be tough" for him to make the big-league club because of the injury. Chapman is scheduled to pitch two innings against minor leaguers on Wednesday. The Reds haven't decided where to send him to open the season.