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Aroldis Chapman’s recovery to the point he’s cleared to throw live batting practice

It’s only been about a month since he was struck in the face by a line drive, but Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman’s recovery has progressed so surprisingly well and so remarkably quick that he’s been cleared to throw live batting practice, according to a report from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The recovery time originally was estimated to take between six and eight weeks, but Chapman threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and traveled with the team on its upcoming road trip, and now it appears he’s ready to ramp up his baseball-related activities even further.

On March 19, Chapman was drilled in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during a spring training game. Chapman underwent surgery the following day where a permanent metal plate was inserted into his head to repair a broken bone above his left eye.

Shortly thereafter, Chapman posted a photo to his Instagram account documenting a frightening row of surgical staples traveling across the top of his head:


Yeesh, right? With that stupefyingly disturbing image now drilled into your head — no pun intended — for Chapman to be this far along in his recovery? Pretty freaking amazing.