Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was shut down last Tuesday after complaining of shoulder fatigue and hasn’t pitched since. But his return is imminent.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the hard-throwing lefty tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field without experiencing any problems with his shoulder.
“It went real well,” Chapman told reporters through translator Tomas Vera. “The shoulder feels good.”
He’s going to throw two or three more side sessions but should be back in his role as the Reds’ stopper by early next week.
Chapman, 24, has registered a 1.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 119/20 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings this season while converting 35-of-40 save opportunities. Jonathan Broxton has been filling in.