Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman cleared for live BP

Friday April 18th, 2014

Cincinnati Reds' Aroldis Chapman throws during an exhibition game. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Cincinnati Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman throws during an exhibition game. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman was cleared to participate in live batting practice, a month after a being hit in the head by a live drive, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Chapman suffered multiple fractures above his left eye and nose and a concussion after being struck by a ball hit by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez in a spring training game on March 19. He had surgery two days later to insert a metal plate into his face.

This week, Chapman stepped closer to making it back to the mound, throwing a 25-pitch bullpen sessions on Monday and traveling on the upcoming 10-game road trip with the team.

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