Chapman ready for rehab assignment
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches on Tuesday in his third, and likely final, live batting practice session. Chapman faced Roger Bernadina, Neftali Soto and Ramon Santiago.
“It went very good,” Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera. “I think all of my pitches were how I want. I believe the location was the way I wanted. I think everything went well.”
The tentative plan is to have Chapman begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at Class A Dayton.
“Yes, I think I am ready,” Chapman said.
Chapman threw 27 pitches in the first live BP last week in Pittsburgh and 43 pitches in the second one on Saturday in Atlanta. This time, he was dialed back since the club felt like his arm was ready. Chapman also did not use his fastball as much.
“I was throwing more changeups and sliders” Chapman said. “I was working more with them because I know I have my fastball. I’ve got the feeling of my fastball. I need to keep working with my breaking pitch.”
How many rehab games would Chapman need before being activated from the DL?
“I believe about four to five games would be good for me before I join the team once again,” said Chapman, who was struck in the face by a line drive on March 19 vs. the Royals in Spring Training