Updates from Sunday, May 11
Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance for Reds this season, striking out the side in Cincinnati's win over Colorado (via ESPN):
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports commented on the performance:
Cool scene in Cincinnati seeing Chapman close it out for #Reds. Few could have imagined it in mid-March when he took that ball off his face.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 11, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 10
The Reds' official Twitter feed has good news regarding Chapman:
Chapman reinstated from DL, Partch optioned to Louisville.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 10, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 9
C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest news on Chapman's status:
Price said Chapman's activation 'looks like Saturday' #Reds— ctrent (@ctrent) May 9, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
Matt Andrews of the Louisville Bats provided an update on Aroldis Chapman's rehab:
We are told LHP Aroldis Chapman is pitching today for the @LouisvilleBats.— Matt Andrews (@BatsRadio) May 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 6
Aroldis Chapman did not fare well in an appearance with Triple A Louisville tonight according to Eric Crawford of WDRB in Louisville:
Chapman’s line: 33 pitches, 21 strikes, 5 runs allowed, 4 hits, 1 HBP, 2/3 inning pitched. Four pitches of 101, one of 100.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) May 6, 2014
Kevin Goheen of FOX Sports provided an update after the game:
Chapman believes he's still on track to return to #Reds. He said he still needs a couple of more innings/outings to work on command.— Kevin Goheen (@FSOhio_KGoheen) May 7, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 5
John Fray of Cincinnati.com provides a statement from Reds manager Bryan Price discussing Aroldis Chapman's recovery:
Closer Aroldis Chapman will throw Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville. He is tentatively scheduled to throw Wednesday as well.
"There's a chance he'll go to back-to-back," manager Bryan Price said. "As I say, everything is day-to-day. He's got to get through one before the other."
The hope is to have Chapman back for the six-game homestand that begins Friday with the first of a three-game set with Colorado.
Updates from Thursday, May 1
Cincinnati's All-Star closer made a Minor League rehabilitation start for Class A Dayton, striking out two of three batters while throwing 18 pitches during the first inning.
"When I say 'normal,' I mean I felt like I have always been, the way I felt before the accident," Chapman said through interpreter Tomas Veras. "There is no fear, no hesitation with me."
Chapman threw 11 of his pitches for strikes against Lansing. The ballpark radar clocked two pitches at 101 mph, two at 100 and four at 99.
The fastest pitches actually read "01" because the scoreboard display contains only two digits. A Dayton team spokesman said no pitcher had ever reached triple digits at Fifth Third Field.
"My fastball felt really good," Chapman said. "I threw one slider, which was not a good slider. I used a lot of changeups. The pitches were all landing where I wanted them to."
Major League Baseball previously updated Chapman's rehab and recovery via the team's Twitter account:
The @Reds send LHP Aroldis Chapman to Class-A for rehab assignment.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) May 1, 2014
Chapman logged one inning with the Dayton Dragons on Thursday, and C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer had the results:
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com has the latest update on Aroldis Chapman's third batting practice session which was conducted this afternoon:
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.
“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
Sheldon previously provided info about the progress of the session:
Chapman done already. All looked routine. The plan was to have shorter session today since he's pretty well stretched out #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) April 29, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 27
Yahoo! Sports' Charles Odum reports when Aroldis Chapman will throw in another simulated game:
Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman, on the DL with facial fractures after he was hit by a line drive on March 19, threw 43 pitches in batting practice. He is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Tuesday in Cincinnati before beginning a rehab stint in the minors.
Updates from Saturday, April 26
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com has the latest on Chapman's return:
Chapman would like one more live BP before a rehab assignment. But he said he felt good today and had no trouble w/o the screen. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) April 26, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 24
ESPN has the latest on Aroldis Chapman's recovery:
"He threw all his pitches," manager Bryan Price told reporters. "He was very sharp, good velocity. Good slider, good changeup. Looked like midseason form."
"I felt pretty good," Chapman told reporters. "I didn't feel anything out of the ordinary. I just felt very good."
Brayan Pena was one of the batters to face Chapman.
"He was attacking the strike zone," Pena said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "His fastball was electrifying. It was exciting to see him go back there. His confidence was very good. That was a great sign."
Updates from Monday, April 21
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest on Aroldis Chapman's recovery:
Price: Chapman will "likely" throw live batting practice Wednesday. Threw 45-pitch bullpen yesterday. Will start rehab after live BP #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 21, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 18
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Aroldis Chapman has been cleared for certain activities:
Chapman had been cleared to throw live batting practice. #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer provides a statement from Reds manager Bryan Price discussing Aroldis Chapman's injury status:
On Monday he threw his first bullpen session and he's scheduled to throw his next one on Thursday. He will travel with the Reds on the upcoming trip, throwing every third day. After three or four more bullpens, manager Bryan Price said, Chapman could throw live batting practice. He'd still need medical clearance for that, but all indications at this point point to him being cleared.
"His arm's in great shape, it's just getting his endurance," Price said. "He was really shut down in all capacities, he wasn't able to condition a great deal. He has been able to go out and play catch and kept his arm in shape and then he's built up his endurance from running and he'll have to build up his endurance throwing, as well."
Updates from Monday, April 14
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest on Aroldis Chapman's status and recovery:
Chapman said his bullpen went well. 25 pitches, threw sliders and fastballs. Will throw more bullpens before facing hitters. #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 14, 2014
C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer had more on Chapman:
"I feel really good, I feel everything went well," Chapman said through interpreter and Reds assistant trainer Tomas Vera. "Everything felt good, my fastball was good, my command was good. The breaking pitches were good. Everything was good, I feel really good."
It's not just Chapman who felt the short session went well, Reds manager Bryan Price was happy with what he saw.
"He threw the ball outstanding, he threw all his pitches, including his slider," Price said. "He was sharp, extremely enthusiastic. He was happy to be out there, as we all were. We were all out there to watch it. It was exciting."
The Reds will have Chapman throw several more bullpen sessions before throwing live batting practice and facing live hitters.
Updates from Friday, April 11
MLB.com reporter Mark Sheldon has an update on Chapman's status:
Chapman to throw first bullpen session on Monday. Will have more from him soon. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) April 11, 2014
Cincinnati Enquirer reporter John Fay added more:
Chapman: the throwing is going really well. I feel normal . . . From the day it happen, I haven't felt any symptoms. #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 10
Jamie Ramsey of MLB.com has the latest on Aroldis Chapman's recovery:
Chapman has been working out and throwing at GABP while the rest of the Reds have been on the road. Today he threw “long-toss” and then threw again from about 90-feet. He and Pena also got some cardio in; running in the outfield from foul pole to foul pole.
Pena, smiling during the entire workout, seemed very impressed with the way Chapman was throwing, at one point declaring “heeee’s baaaack!”
Updates from Sunday, April 6
Aroldis Chapman posted a statement and video on Instagram chronicling his recovery:
I wanna tell my friends and followers in Instagram that are worry about my health that see my videos and photos of me coming back and training. That it was the doctors and training staff of the reds that took the decision that I could start training again. I'm telling you guys this because I have seen a lot of comments ( to take it easy) and I want you guys to know how everything is going in my recovery. I'm feeling great and everything is ok. Love you guys.
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
Aroldis Chapman posted an update on his injury to Instagram:
"I wanna tell my followers and friends in Instagram that today they took the staples out of my head and the doctors did a CT scan and thank God everything is great and in a couple of days I'll start my training to come back."
Updates from Monday, March 24
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com provides a statement from Aroldis Chapman discussing his injury at the Reds' clubhouse:
"To be honest with you, I feel really good. I feel a lot better than I thought I was going to be," said Chapman via translator and assistant trainer Tomas Vera.
"I wasn't thinking about nothing there. It was so quick," Chapman said. "It was something you don't have a chance to think about. At the time it was happening, I was conscious the whole time. I never lost consciousness. I knew what was going on. I was worried about what would happen. My face started to get bigger and I was thinking 'What happened? What's going to be the consequence of this?' I was able to recognize and know what was going on with my surroundings."
"After I watched the video, and I have been watching the video, repeating it many, many, many times and every time that I see it I feel really happy because this could be something worse," Chapman said. "The way how I am right now, the way how I feel, I'm in no pain. I have no pain at all. How I've been progressing has been great for me."
Updates from Sunday, March 23
Cincinnati Enquirer reporter John Fay shows a current picture of Chapman:
Updates from Friday, March 21
Chapman posted a photo of himself post-surgery on Instagram (warning: image is graphic):
The Reds showed what kind of support Chapman is getting:
Updates from Thursday, March 20
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal added an update on Chapman's surgery:
#Reds: Chapman had surgery tonight to insert titanium plate to stabilize fracture. Per team doctor, Chapman can begin working out …— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 21, 2014
…in 10-14 days and pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks. Surgery took 2 1/2 hours.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 21, 2014
Brandon Phillips posted a statement on Twitter regarding Chapman's injury status:
Rosenthal had more on Chapman's health from pitching coach Bryan Price:
Price says Chapman appears to have no brain injury. Optimistic for full recovery. Team doctor will speak shortly. #Reds— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
Pena says Chapman was telling “Cuban jokes,” a good sign that his memory was intact.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
Tim Kremchek, the Reds' doctor, spoke about Chapman's status and recovery (via Rosenthal):
Price: Don’t know how to further protect pitchers without changing “layout” of game.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
#Reds doctor Kremchek says Chapman will undergo surgery today. Plate could be inserted near eye. Mild concussion. “very lucky guy.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
Kremchek says recovery possible in 6-8 weeks but that doesn’t mean Chapman will be able to pitch right away. #Reds— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
Kremchek says Chapman will remain in hospital a few days, could be out Saturday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report had more on Chapman's surgery and recovery:
Chapman is in surgery now to fixate the fractures suffered in yesterday's incident. The stability of those is key to timing his return.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) March 20, 2014
Brayan Pena of the Reds also spoke about Chapman's injury (via MLB):
“When I saw it I wanted to cry. You never want this to happen to nobody, especially a close friend.” – Brayan Pena— MLB (@MLB) March 20, 2014
The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans provided details of the frightening incident:
Aroldis Chapman was just hit int he face by a liner by Salvador Perez— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014
Chapman's father has run out to the mound. #Reds— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014
Rosecrans also noted the game was called in the sixth inning:
After the game, Rosecrans provided some good news:
Chapman suffers laceration, contusion above left eye. never lost consciousness #Reds— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014
The Reds added more:
Aroldis Chapman is currently at the hospital. We will update you as we have more information. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014
Chapman was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, where tests indicated fractures above his left eye and nose.— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014
Aroldis has been transferred to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he will undergo further testing.— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014
Fox Sports Ohio's Kevin Goheen noted Jay Bruce's thoughts on the incident:
Jay Bruce: "I think the last thing on anyone's mind then was the game... there's not really words now to explain. It's terrible." #Reds— Kevin Goheen (@FSOhio_KGoheen) March 20, 2014
In a situation like this, baseball immediately moves to the back burner. Chapman is obviously an integral piece to the Reds' success, but first and foremost, we hope that his injury isn't serious and he is able to make a complete recovery.
In 2013, the hard-throwing left-hander recorded 38 saves for the second consecutive season, finishing with a 2.54 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He struck out 112 hitters in just 63.2 innings, emerging as one of the most explosive closers in the league.
We'll be sure to keep you updated with details as they come along.