As electric closer Aroldis Chapman works his way back from a frightening incident this week in which he took a line drive to the face, he likely faces a slow and cautious road back to a big league mound.
The initial timetable for Chapman’s return indicated that he could be ready to pitch again in game action in four to six weeks. As for how the team will maneuver things on the roster, for now John Fay reports manager Bryan Price said that the Reds are not likely to place Chapman on the 60-day disabled list.
Price said it’s unlikely they’d put Chapman on the 60-day. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 23, 2014
This decision seems to indicate that the Reds intend to at least leave the door cracked open if Chapman is able to return sooner than expected.
The Reds are understandably a little uneasy about discussing these seemingly trivial matters with the visual of what happened still fresh in their minds. They certainly will not rush Chapman back into action, but this tidbit from Price does seem to confirm that the team is hoping that he won’t be forced to miss the majority of the 2014 season.