Reds' Aroldis Chapman moves back to bullpen

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Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman will return to the bullpen after opening camp in the rotation. The hard-throwing lefty says he is more comfortable as the Reds' closer.  MARK DUNCAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman will return to the bullpen after opening camp in the rotation. The hard-throwing lefty says he is more comfortable as the Reds' closer.

Left-hander Aroldis Chapman will be bringing his 100 mph fastball out of the bullpen again this season.

The Cincinnati Reds decided to keep Chapman as their closer on Friday instead of moving him into the starting rotation, a move that pleased the Cuban pitcher.

General manager Walt Jocketty signed former Burke County star Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal after last season, giving the Reds a proven closer so they could move Chapman into the rotation. The left-hander was a starter this spring, but said last week he had become comfortable as a closer and would rather stay in that role.

COURTS: Major League Baseball sued a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing them of scheming to provide banned performance-enhancing drugs to players in violation of their contracts.

The lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch. Several other Bosch associates are named in the lawsuit.

MLB contends the clinic’s operators solicited players to use banned substances knowing that would violate their contracts, specifically the drug prevention and treatment program that became effective in 2003. That program, part of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, includes a list of banned substances, lays out penalties and imposes testing requirements.

Because of the alleged conspiracy, the lawsuit contends MLB has suffered “costs of investigation, loss of goodwill, loss of revenue and profits and injury to its reputation, image, strategic advantage and fan relationships,” attorneys Allen Weitzman and Matthew Menchel wrote in the complaint.

METS: As expected, lefty Johan Santana will start the season on the disabled list while he works to strengthen his pitching shoulder.

The 33-year-old Santana hasn’t pitched in a spring training game this year.

DIAMONDBACKS: Outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to two months because of a sprained left elbow.

PADRES: Right-hander Casey Kelly needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the upcoming season.


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