Cincinnati Reds Aroldis Chapman pitched another live batting practice session on Tuesday afternoon and appears to be headed to the minor leagues on a rehab assignment as he continues his recovery from taking a line drive to the face during spring training last month.
Chapman’s simulated game session in Cincinnati before the Reds played the Chicago Cubs included 25 pitches, MLB.com reported, and he reached 98 mph with his fastball.
The Reds closer could begin his rehab stint as early as Thursday at Class A Dayton. He expects to pitch four to five minor league games before returning to the Reds.
Chapman suffered facial fractures when he was struck in the face by a batted ball in an exhibition game on March 19. He underwent surgery to insert a plate to promote healing.
It’s seriously been amazing the progress the Cuban missile has made since the incident, it will be a welcome addition, having Chapman back in the bullpen and closing out games, no disrespect to Jonathan Broxton or the others.
Right now as I’m writing this, the Reds-Cubs are in a rain delay, the third tonight, it’s in the bottom of the sixth and Cincinnati is up 3-2, the game is already official, so if they don’t play again tonight, Reds win.