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Chapman not activated for opener vs. Rox

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CINCINNATI -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was not activated from the disabled list on Friday as had been anticipated. Chapman just completed a rehab assignment at Class A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville.

In the two outings for Louisville, Chapman gave up eight earned runs and seven hits over one combined inning. Reds manager Bryan Price said Chapman could be back on Saturday.

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"He threw back-to-back days on Tuesday and Wednesday," Price said. "From a practical standpoint, it would be better to go into a new series with a group of fresh arms. I would say his is probably not."

Chapman has been working to return from being struck in the face by a line drive on March 19, an injury that required surgery to repair fractures above the left eye and nose.

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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