After being hit in the face with a line drive during a Spring Training appearance, it was unclear how long Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman would be sidelined. That uncertainty was answered this week when Chapman was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
In order to make room for Chapman, the Reds optioned pitcher Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.
"I'm really happy to be back with my team," Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera.
"It's remarkable," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Chapman. "I think it's something that he's probably done talking about. I don't think he needs a refresher. He has proven throughout the course of his rehab that he's not affected by the events of Spring Training that happened in Surprise against the Royals. I think he's really trying to put it behind him and focus on being a part of the team again and helping us win games."
Chapman appeared in Minor League games with Class A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville. While they weren't exactly his best outings, the overall prospectus is still good.
In his absence, Jonathan Broxton has taken over the closer role and has five saves in six chances, his only blown save coming on Friday.
In his four seasons with the Reds, Chapman has pitched in 205 games collecting just under 200 innings pitched. He has collected 77 total saves and hold a 2.40 ERA. He is excited to be back with his teammates.
"Always, you want to be with the team," Chapman said. "There are some things that are out of your hands. I want to be with my team and help my team."