Aroldis Chapman is slowly progressing in his rehab and will throw his first bullpen session on Monday. This is the first time on a mound since the Cincinnati Reds closer took a line drive to the face in spring training that resulted in facial fractures, a mild concussion and plates and screws around his eye and about a smattering of staples in his head.
There remains no timetable for Chapman to make his return to the Reds or when he will make some appearances in a rehab game, but this is an encouraging sign that the flame-throwing closer is getting closer to ultimately suiting up and heading out to the minors for a few outings.
The Reds have gotten off to a slow start, dropping seven of their first 10 games and have just one save in that span as the club is using a closer-by-committee approach. Manny Parra has the team’s lone save with J.J. Hoover blowing another opportunity.
Hopefully for the Reds sake they get their closer back sooner rather than later.