Skip to content

Aroldis Chapman cleared to throw live batting practice

Apr 18, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

Aroldis Chapman AP AP

Aroldis Chapman‘s recovery from facial fractures has progressed to the point that the Reds left-hander has been cleared to throw live batting practice, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

His expected return date has always been pegged as mid-May, but it’s possible Chapman might be somewhat ahead of that schedule one day short of a month since he was hit by a line drive. Either way, it’s good news.

Chapman threw a 25-pitch bullpen session earlier this week, but obviously given the nature of his injury actually facing live hitters is potentially a very big hurdle to clear next. Cincinnati’s bullpen has struggled in his absence, posting a 5.18 ERA that ranks second worst in the league ahead of only Philadelphia.

  1. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I can’t wait for the smoking Cuban to come back.

    I hope against hope he’s got the mental toughness to get back on that horse like nothing happened.

    Go Aroldis!

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Can Angels recoup loss of Richards?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (4787)
  2. M. Cuddyer (2846)
  3. K. Bryant (2466)
  4. G. Richards (2309)
  5. A. Garcia (2158)
  1. A. McCutchen (2107)
  2. W. Myers (2088)
  3. J. Werth (2043)
  4. H. Ramirez (2024)
  5. D. Ortiz (1936)