Feb 15, 2014; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during team workouts on the practice fields of Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds: Aroldis Chapman to throw first bullpen session since injury


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.

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