CHICAGO -- Speculation was rampant that Saturday would be the day left-handed flamethrower Aroldis Chapman would start his big league career, and fan anticipation could be felt all the way from Cincinnati.
An opening was created when the Reds placed reliever Russ Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hip on Saturday. But instead of Chapman, right-handed reliever Carlos Fisher was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
"There were a couple of guys that were throwing the ball well and deserving -- especially [Jared] Burton and Chapman," manager Dusty Baker said. "But we needed some length. That's the one thing we were still missing in the bullpen [after] we sent Fish down. We didn't have a guy that could go three innings comfortably and a guy that could save the bullpen for the next day, and the next day. That's what he gave us when he was here before."
Springer, who had an MRI on Friday, said he didn't know yet how long he would be out and was scheduled to see a doctor again on Saturday. He was making only his second appearance for Cincinnati when he was injured Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Fisher, who has a 6.89 ERA in 13 games over two previous stints in the big leagues, was sent down Sunday to make room for Springer's promotion from Louisville. Fisher is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 25 games for the Bats this season, including a 0.75 ERA over his past 10 relief appearances.
Chapman, the 22-year-old from Cuba, earned his third save on Friday during Louisville's win over Norfolk. He has allowed one unearned run over his past 12 1/3 innings.
"We'll see Chapman soon enough," Baker said. "We want him to tear it up and get real comfortable."