The Cincinnati Reds announced the activation of Aroldis Chapman today. He’s available to pitch against the Rockies tonight.
Chapman’s return comes a little more than seven weeks after he was struck on the forehead by a line drive in a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. The following day surgeons repaired a broken bone over his left eye and inserted a titanium plate to stabilize the bone.
Early estimates by Reds medical officials that the 26-year-old pitcher would be out “at least six to eight weeks” proved accurate.
The Cuban closer has been on a rehab plan that included pitching in two games for the Dayton Dragons and two games for the Louisville Bats.
Enjoy some high definition Chapman from last year:
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