Chapman throws live BP
Aroldis Chapman took the latest step forward on Wednesday in his efforts to return to pitching for the Reds. Chapman threw 27 pitches of live batting practice. He faced hitters Brayan Pena and Neftali Soto. Third base coach Steve Smith also stood in for one at-bat.
“He threw all of his pitches. He was very sharp,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Good velocity. Good slider. He threw his changeup. He looked like midseason form.”
“I felt very good. I didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary,” Chapman said with Pena translating.
Chapman elected to throw from behind a screen this time. He will likely not use it the next time he faces hitters, which will likely be this weekend in Atlanta.
“It seemed to make sense to get the screen out there to treat it like it would be mostly in Spring Training,” Price said. “Inevitably obviously, he’ll be throwing to hitters without a screen. That will be another step in the process.”
After the session in Atlanta, the next step is for Chapman to begin a rehab assignment in the Minors.
More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com.