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Aroldis Chapman (head) threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound Monday and reported feeling "great."

It was his first time on a mound since he was struck in the face by a comebacker in a March 19 Cactus League game. Chapman needed surgery to repair fractures around his nose and left eye, and the Reds will likely continue to bring him along slowly. A mid-to-late May activation date seems about right.

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Aroldis Chapman (head) will throw a bullpen session on Monday.

It will be his first since undergoing surgery to repair fractures around his nose and left eye. Chapman said Friday that throwing from flat ground has gone really well so far and he hasn't felt any symptoms since the injury occurred. He's still shooting to rejoin the Reds' bullpen in mid-to-late May.

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Aroldis Chapman (head) played catch Saturday.

It's the first time he's thrown the ball since undergoing surgery to repair fractures around his nose and left eye. Chapman also did some cardio and other light workouts. "He's doing some cardio and strength stuff," Reds trainer Paul Lessard said. "He threw yesterday for the first time. So far, he's been fine." Chapman isn't expected back in the Reds' bullpen until mid-to-late May.

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Aroldis Chapman will visit a doctor Wednesday for a status update on his nose and eye fractures.

Chapman hasn't done any sort of baseball activities since taking a line drive off his face in a March 19 Cactus League game, but he told the media in a press conference Monday that feels "great." The Reds are hoping to get their closer back sometime in mid-to-late May. JJ Hoover, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall are in a ninth-inning committee for now.

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Reds placed LHP Aroldis Chapman (head) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with nose and eye fractures.

Chapman, of course, is recovering from surgery after he took a line drive off the face during a Cactus League game. He's not far away from resuming throwing but is expected to miss over a month of action. The Reds will use a committee approach at closer while Chapman is on the shelf.

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Aroldis Chapman underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair fractures around his nose and left eye.

Chapman was under the knife for about two-and-a-half hours as a titanium plate was inserted to stabilize his fracture site. The Cuban southpaw closer was hit in the face by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday in Cactus League play and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher. Chapman, who was also diagnosed with a mild concussion, can begin throwing in 10-14 days and pitch in game conditions (likely beginning with a rehab assignment) 4-6 weeks from now. The Reds plan to open the season with a committee of JJ Hoover, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall in the ninth inning.

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Aroldis Chapman will undergo surgery Thursday to repair fractures around his nose and left eye.

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Aroldis Chapman was diagnosed late Wednesday night with fractures above his left eye and nose.

He suffered those injuries when he was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez during Wednesday's Cactus League game. Chapman laid on the ground for several minutes before eventually being moved to a stretcher. It's highly likely that he will begin the 2014 season on the disabled list.

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Aroldis Chapman suffered a laceration and contusion above his left eye after taking a Salvador Perez comeback line drive off the face on Wednesday night.

The good news is that Chapman never lost consciousness throughout the ordeal. He was immobilized and carted off the field, and the rest of the game between the Reds and Royals was cancelled after the scary incident. Chapman's timetable for a return to the field is secondary to his health at this point, and no indication was given as to what his immediate future looks like. It does appear, for now, that a serious injury was avoided.

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Aroldis Chapman left Wednesday's game against the Royals after taking a comebacker to the face.

Chapman, pitching in the sixth inning, was hit by a Sal Perez line drive. He stayed down for a few minutes while Reds medical personnel tended to him, eventually being carted off the field. It's a scary situation, and the Reds should update Chapman's status soon.