MIAMI (AP) - Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman says his weary pitching shoulder feels better after a break and he expects to be back in action in a few days.
Chapman played long toss before Friday's game at Miami and threw 40 pitches.
The Reds decided to give him five to seven days off after his velocity and control were subpar Monday against Pittsburgh. He said he doesn't expect to pitch this weekend in Miami.
Manager Dusty Baker said Chapman is on schedule to return soon.
Chapman, whose fastball often reaches 100 mph, said his shoulder began to feel tired last week. He said he has gone through the same thing two or three times before, most recently last year.
Chapman moved into the closer's role this season for the first time.
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