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MLB notebook: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman returns from disabled list

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By Wire Reports
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

CINCINNATI — The Reds activated left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against Colorado.

Chapman was active for the first time this season just one day after Jonathan Broxton blew his first save after earning five straight.

Chapman has recorded 38 saves each of the past two seasons for the Reds.

He opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game March 19.

• The Giants reinstated right-hander Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Dodgers and placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the 15-day DL. Belt, who led the club with nine home runs entering Saturday, broke his left thumb Friday night when he was hit with a pitch by Paul Maholm.

John Axford is out as the Indians' closer. Axford is 1-3 with nine saves and a 4.91 ERA in 17 games in his first season with the Indians. A group of four relievers that includes Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw could get opportunities to fill the role.

• The Braves placed right-hander Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled left-hander Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.



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