Aroldis Chapman to throw bullpen

Updated: April 13, 2014, 11:30 AM ET
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Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will throw his first bullpen session Monday as the next step in his recovery from being hit in the face by a line drive late in spring training.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesAroldis Chapman is set to throw his first bullpen session since being hit in the face by a line drive.

Chapman, 26, hasn't been on the mound since suffering a mild concussion and having a plate and screws inserted around his eye to repair bone following the incident on March 19. He played catch on Thursday and Friday at Great American Ball Park.

In a pregame chat with reporters Friday, Chapman was upbeat and said he's excited about returning to the mound.

The Reds haven't put a timetable on Chapman's return to the active roster.

Cincinnati (3-8) has been using a closer-by-committee approach in Chapman's absence, with left-hander Manny Parra accounting for the club's lone save. Right-hander J.J. Hoover squandered another opportunity.

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