Reds' Chapman Feeling Better After Long-Toss Session

Aug. 28, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman says he is feeling better after participating in a long-toss session Friday.

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman says he is feeling better after participating in a long-toss session Friday.

Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports that the 24-year-old Cuban hurler is trying to overcome fatigue in his left arm, an unwelcome symptom he started feeling two outings ago.

Chapman is 5-5 with a 1.60 ERA, with 119 strikeouts in 67⅔ innings, currently tied with Atlanta Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead in saves with 35.

The southpaw says he has experienced fatigue two or three times before, most recently in 2011. He has worked in 17⅔ innings over his career high. He stated the obvious in the MLB.com article, nothing this is not the best time to experience arm fatigue.

"I wish this would've happened earlier in the season, because this is the time of the season when we're on the final [stretch] of the season and I would like to be better," Chapman said.

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