Cincinatti, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cincinatti Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been reinstated Saturday after suffering a mild concussion and fractures above the left eye and nose from being struck by a line drive March 19.
It was in a Spring Training game vs. the Royals when Chapman’s 99 mph fastball to Salvador Perez was lined hard off the front of his head.
He underwent surgery the following day where a three-inch metal plate was inserted to protect the fractures.
Chapman worked four Minor League rehab assignment games with Class A Dayton and Louisville where he reportedly showed good velocity and felt fine.
Chapman saved 38 games in 43 chances and worked 68 games in each of the last two seasons for Cincinnati.