Aroldis Chapman pitches one inning for Dayton Dragons in first rehab assignment

CINCINNATI -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman made his first rehab appearance, throwing one inning and fanning two batters at Class A Dayton Thursday night.

Chapman could be activated by the end of next week, which would be a huge boost for the Reds and their bullpen.

Chapman is recovering from a line drive off his forehead in a spring training game on March 19. Chapman required surgery to repair a broken nose and a fractured bone above his left eye.

Chapman will pitch again in Dayton Saturday. After that, he is expected to throw in a few games at AAA Louisville.

Reds manager Bryan Price said there is no specific timetable for Chapman's return.

"I don't want to put something out in front of him that he can't live up to or isn't ready and everyone sees it as a setback when it's really not," Price said Wednesday.

Chapman, who recorded 38 saves in each of the past two All-Star seasons, is the 27th Reds player to play for the Dragons on an injury rehab assignment. Other players include Johnny Cueto and Ryan Ludwick, who played there in 2013.

Those interested in making the trek up Interstate 75 to Dayton to watch Chapman could run into some trouble. 

On any given night, Fifth Third Field , a 7,200-seat facility that is considered state-of-the-art compared to many others in Class-A ball, is home to a sell-out crowd. In fact, the Dragons broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team in 2011, selling out their 815th consecutive game.

 Prices for standard admission range from $5 to $18.

Games are streamed live online at MILB.TV , but it requires a subscription that costs $12.99 per month. Viewers have access to multiple minor league games on a daily basis.

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