Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is ready for a rehabilitation stint in the minors.
Chapman threw 25 pitches during batting practice on Tuesday, passing a final test before transitioning to the next phase of his rehabilitation.
"I feel normal. I feel like nothing really happened. I feel like I was before I got hit by the ball," Chapman told the media on Tuesday.
Chapman states he is unsure when he will start his rehab assignment, although he speculates it could be as early as Thursday in Dayton. Chapman adds he expects four or five appearances will be enough.
Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive on March 19 during a pre-season game in Goodyear, Arizona. He had a titanium plate and screws inserted into his head and nose to help fractures heal.
Walt Jocketty says no decision made on when Chapman will start rehab work. He expects a decision will be made on Wednesday or Thursday.
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