It’s not going to be long until Aroldis Chapman is back to being his old self.
Matter of fact, during a rehab start with the Dayton Dragons on Thursday, the closer, who is recovering from that vicious line drive he took off his face during Spring Training, hit 101 mph
“My fastball felt really good,” Chapman told MLB.com. “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.”
Matter of fact, of the 18 pitches the 26-year-old threw…11 were for strikes. Two of them hit 101 mph and a third hit 100 on the radar gun. The team said no pitcher had ever reached triple digits at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field until Chapman did against the Lansing Lugnuts.
As for when Chapman might be back in Cincinnati…the Reds aren’t pushing it.
“We’re going to get through one at a time,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We have a schedule. We have a template. We’re not going through this blindly. We’d just like to see him go out there and pitch in a game before we announce any further outings. I think that’s the responsible thing to do.”