Aroldis Chapman Injury: Updates on Reds Pitcher's Status and Recovery

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 20, 2014

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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:

Updates from Saturday, May 10

The Reds' official Twitter feed has good news regarding Chapman:

Updates from Friday, May 9

C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer has the latest news on Chapman's status:

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

Matt Andrews of the Louisville Bats provided an update on Aroldis Chapman's rehab:

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: 

Kevin Goheen of FOX Sports provided an update after the game:

Updates from Monday, May 5

John Fray of 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

Andy Call of provides details from Aroldis Chapman's rehab start:

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:

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 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:

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 has the latest on Chapman's return:

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:

Updates from Friday, April 18

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Aroldis Chapman has been cleared for certain activities:

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:

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 reporter Mark Sheldon has an update on Chapman's status:

Cincinnati Enquirer reporter John Fay added more:

Updates from Thursday, April 10

Jamie Ramsey of 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 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:

Brandon Phillips posted a statement on Twitter regarding Chapman's injury status:

Rosenthal had more on Chapman's health from pitching coach Bryan Price:

Tim Kremchek, the Reds' doctor, spoke about Chapman's status and recovery (via Rosenthal):

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report had more on Chapman's surgery and recovery:

Brayan Pena of the Reds also spoke about Chapman's injury (via MLB):

Original Text

During Wednesday's spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman took a line drive to the face and was taken away on a stretcher. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans provided details of the frightening incident:

Rosecrans also noted the game was called in the sixth inning:

After the game, Rosecrans provided some good news:

The Reds added more:

Fox Sports Ohio's Kevin Goheen noted Jay Bruce's thoughts on the incident:

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. 


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