Aroldis Chapman scheduled for preemptive reconstructive elbow surgery

Hoping they can prevent flamethrowing phenom Aroldis Chapman from meeting the fate of fellow young pitching star Stephen Strasburg, the Cincinnati Reds today put Chapman under the knife for season-ending surgery. "You can't be too careful with someone that has his talent," said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. "So we went in and cleaned everything out so we don't have to do it later." Chapman, who was perfectly healthy, will miss 12 to 18 months of baseball and likely will never recover the max speed on his fastball or the same snap on his breaking pitches. "Also, Dusty Baker is the kid's manager," said Jocketty. "I mean, this surgery was inevitable. It's better we get it out of the way now."