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Reds closer nearing rehab

CINCINNATI — Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches during batting practice Tuesday, passing the final test before he can begin a minor-league rehabilitation stint.

Chapman likely will pitch at Class A Dayton on Thursday in his first time in a game since suffering a head injury. He's hoping to be activated after four or five appearances in the minors.

"It went very good," Chapman said, with trainer Tomas Vera translating. "All my pitches were the way I wanted."

The left-hander was hit on the forehead by a line drive during a spring training game in Arizona on March 19. He had a plate inserted above his left eye and nose to help fractures heal. Chapman was one of eight Reds who opened the season on the disabled list, most in the majors.

Jonathan Broxton is closing games in his absence.

Chapman has thrown batting practice without a protective screen. He said there's no concern when he sees a batter hit one of his pitches.

"I feel normal," he said. "I feel the way I was before I got hit with the ball."

A'S LOSE ANOTHER: A's RHP A.J. Griffin, who has yet to pitch this season, is scheduled to have elbow surgery today and will miss the entire season along with fellow RHP Jarrod Parker, who had Tommy John surgery during spring training. Griffin was 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA last season.

HEALING BRAVES: LHP Mike Minor is set to make his season debut Friday against the Giants. Minor, who had a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts last season, had a urinary tract procedure Dec. 31 then showed up to spring training with shoulder soreness. He'll replace RHP David Hale, who had a 2.31 ERA in four starts.

HARPER UNDER KNIFE: Nationals LF Bryce Harper had surgery on his injured left thumb. Manager Matt Williams would not commit to a time frame for his recovery. Also, Nationals RHP Taylor Jordan, who is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts, was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. RH reliever Ryan Mattheus was recalled from Syracuse.

ANGELS: OF Josh Hamilton, out since April 9 with a torn left thumb ligament, is expected to resume baseball activities next week.

BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun and SS Jean Segura were out of lineup for the third straight game because of injuries. 3B Aramis Ramirez also sat out with a swollen elbow a day after getting hit by a pitch.

d'backs: RHP Archie Bradley, considered one of baseball's top prospects, was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Reno with flexor strain in his pitching elbow.

RANGERS: 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff will get a second opinion before having a herniated disc in his lower back surgically repaired. Also, 2B Jurickson Profar, who tore a muscle in his right shoulder during spring training, had an MRI exam and can start swinging a bat.

TIGERS: C Alex Avila was scratched from the lineup due to lower back spasms.

YANKEES: RHP Michael Pineda, who is serving a 10-game suspension for use of a foreign substance, cut short a simulated game after feeling tightness in his right lat and is headed for an MRI exam. Also, CF Jacoby Ellsbury sat out because of a sore left hand.

Reds closer nearing rehab 04/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:13pm]
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