Chapman faces hitters again
Aroldis Chapman faced hitters in his second live batting practice session of the week on Saturday.
Chapman threw two simulated innings against hitters Tucker Barnhart, Neftali Soto and Ramon Santiago. A couple of balls were lifted into the outfield – one by Santiago and one by Soto. There were a bunch of grounders.
Will have more details later after we talk to Bryan Price and Chapman.
**UPDATE: Chapman felt good pitching, but feels like he will need another live BP before going out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
“If I have to go right now to pitch, I think I would be able to do it,” Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera. “I would be able to go the Minor Leagues right now but to be honest, I need at least one more simulated game. I think that’s what we’re going to do – throw another simulated game before I decide to go somewhere else.”
This, according to Chapman, has less to do with his how his arm feels but more that he wants get more physical and cardio work in first.
“The first thing is I want to keep facing hitters here on the team. Our hitters are better for me to face than some of the other ones,” said Chapman, who was struck by a line drive on March 19 vs. the Royals and suffered fractures above his left eye and nose. “The other thing is I feel like a couple of more days working on my physical condition and being in shape will help me. I want to be in the shape that I know I can be.”
Unlike his first session in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Chapman pitched without using a screen. There were no issues or concerns from him about being re-injured.
“I feel normal. I feel about the same. Actually, I’m really positive,” Chapman said. “Since everything that happened to me, I’ve been really positive. I’ve never had a bad thought about if things can happen again or if I can have any trauma on my head again. They wanted to put it on the first time and we used it the first time just because it was the first time. I always felt that everything is going to be OK. I don’t think it’s possible it will happen again. I’m positive, mentally, that this will be OK. My mind is back to being able to do things without thinking about this.”