Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video: Aroldis Chapman faces live hitters for first time since accident

For the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive on March 19, Aroldis Chapman toed the rubber and faced live major league hitters on Wednesday.

The 27-pitch session came at PNC Park where Chapman faced teammates in a live batting practice atmosphere. By all accounts, Chapman showed no evidence of being banged up and told reporters that he felt really good after the session was over.

"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 hitters who faced Chapman and described the southpaw's stuff as "electrifying."

"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."

The next step for Chapman is to throw live batting practice again without the aid of an l-screen. This is slated to occur sometime this weekend when the Reds pay a visit to Atlanta.

It goes without saying, but Cincinnati is still at least a couple of weeks away from getting their All-Star closer back to full strength. However, the progress Chapman has made thus far is encouraging.


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