Aroldis Chapman to throw bullpen session on Monday

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will throw a bullpen session Monday, his first since being struck in the face by a line drive during a Spring Training game March 19, according to a report from ESPN .

Chapman, 26, hasn't been on the mound since suffering a mild concussion and having a plate and screws inserted around his eye and nose to repair a fracture that occurred when one of his famed 99-mph fastballs was lined back at him by Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

On April 6, Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters his star relief pitcher is "re-initiating some light workouts." And although his baseball activities remain limited, "He is starting to move around a little bit more. It's great."

RELATED: Chapman posts video of him playing catch at GABP

That same weekend, Chapman posted video of him playing catch on the outfield grass at Great American Ball Park.

He played catch at GABP again on Thursday and Friday.

According to ESPN, Chapman told reporters Friday that he is "upbeat" and "excited about returning to the mound."

While the organization hasn't said when Chapman will return to the active roster, team doctor Dr. Tim Kremchek said after the incident that he expected the hard-throwing lefty to miss six to eight weeks.

While the team's starting pitching is solid (3.22 ERA as a team), the Reds (3-8) have struggled to come out on top in one-run games (2-5) and converted only one of three save opportunities this season.

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