Chapman was released Wednesday by the Twins, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Chapman, who joined the Twins in May after coming over in the Danny Santana deal, appeared in nine games for Triple-A Rochester, turning in a 5.56 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 11.1 innings. The 29-year-old wasn't viewed as a potential answer to the big club's lackluster bullpen, so the organization elected to cut ties with the left-hander in order to open up a spot on the Rochester roster for Drew Rucinski.
Chapman was traded Monday from the Braves to the Twins in exchange for left-hander Danny Santana. Chapman did not make the big-league club out of spring training and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. There, he allowed 10 runs on 14 hits over 11.2 innings. The 29-year-old has pitched in 55 innings at the major-league level, all with the Astros, and owns a 4.09 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
Chapman was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The left-hander fared much better after being scooped up off waivers from the Astros, but his spring performance still wasn't good enough to land him a spot in Atlanta's bullpen. Chapman's major-league experience could bode well for him if the Braves current relief corps runs into some trouble, but he'll serve as organizational depth until that need arises.
Chapman was claimed off waivers by the Braves from the Astros on Monday. The Braves didn't need to make a corresponding move on the 40-man roster because they already had an open spot. The southpaw has a 4.09 career ERA across 55 major league innings, but he hasn't exceeded 10 innings in either of the past two seasons. The 28-year-old is out of options, so the Braves will either need to carry him on their Opening Day roster or once again expose him to waivers and hope they can send him to the minors.
The Astros placed Chapman on waivers Sunday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old was out of minor-league options and wasn't a viable candidate to land a bullpen role on Opening Day, so the Astros elected to cut their losses with the left-hander, who is expected to go unclaimed off waivers. Assuming that materializes, he'll likely be outrighted to Triple-A Fresno.
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