In some circumstances, the Disabled List is where you place players who are injured. In other circumstances, it’s where you place players who are injuring the team.
The latter appears to be the case with Aroldis Chapman, who was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday and John Lackey, who was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox on Monday .
This season, Chapman has 20 walks, 15 strikeouts and a 6.92 earned-run average over 13 innings. He has walked 12 batters and managed only four outs in his past four appearances, twice leaving before retiring a batter. On Sunday, Chapman walked four of five batters his faced in the 9th inning, leading to a five-run Cardinals comeback. He managed only five strikes in 18 pitches.
“We just have to figure out what’s wrong with Chapman,” Reds manager Dusty Baker told the AFP.
The Red Sox placed righty starter John Lackey on the 15-day DL with a strained right elbow and Tim Wakefield will take his turn on the mound tonight. Lackey has made seven starts with the Red Sox this season, going 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA. He has a 1.81 WHIP, and a .317 batting average against him. In his last two starts, Lackey has allowed 17 earned runs in 10.2. Right now he is the worst starting pitcher in baseball.
There have been numerous references lately to Lackey’s wife, Krista, who is battling breast cancer as it being the cause of her husband’s troubles.
“It’s really not,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “We certainly respect what he’s going through. This is just about trying to protect him and allow him to go out and pitch like he can pitch.”