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CINCINNATI -- Injured Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to throw in his second bullpen session Thursday during a team off-day. Chapman, who is recovering from facial fractures suffered after being hit by a line drive last month, threw 25 pitches Monday in his first bullpen session.

"He's going to be on a roughly every third day throwing schedule," Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday. "He'll probably get a minimum three-to-four bullpens before he throws a live batting practice, which could take place by the end of the road trip if everything continues to go well."

Chapman, who will travel on the upcoming 10-game road trip with the club, still would need to undergo testing before he is cleared to being exposed to contact -- both from live BP and fielding drills. But his arm remains in good shape and his pitch counts will increase with each session.

"It's just getting his endurance. He was really shut down in all capacities," Price said. "He wasn't able to condition a great deal. Fortunately, he's able to go out and play catch and keep his arm in shape and built up his endurance from his running. He'll have to build up his endurance from throwing as well."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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