Chapman fine after early exit vs. Brewers

Reds closer leaves after miscommunication over injury

Chapman fine after early exit vs. Brewers

PHOENIX -- A mid-inning removal of Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday turned out to be nothing more than a miscommunication.

Chapman left Tuesday's game after recording only one out in the fifth inning of Cincinnati's 10-4 win over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. He retired the lone batter he faced on a routine grounder to second, but the trainers and coaches came out to the mound. Chapman threw two practice pitches but was removed.

"We went out there to check on him and the hamstring came up, and just with that history we were extra cautious," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Chapman, who dealt with an injured hamstring last season. "And by the sounds of it, it may be a non-issue completely."

TV cameras caught Chapman yelling at catcher Brayan Pena following the top of the fifth.

"By the time the smoke cleared, Chappy was back in the dugout and Brayan got back in the dugout after the half-inning, I just think there might've been a misunderstanding," Price said. "So it's fine. It's frustrating for Chappy but in the big picture, nothing critical."

Chapman, 27, posted a 2.00 ERA with 36 saves and 106 strikeouts in 54 appearances last year.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.