Reds manager Bryan Price said that Aroldis Chapman would indeed pitch Thursday in Dayton in his first game since being hit in the face by a line drive during spring training.

Before Wednesday's game with the Cubs, Chapman took pitchers fielding practice for the first time since the injury. That includes fielding ground balls and also taking throws from infielders. Afterwards, Chapman said it went well.

Thursday's game with the Dragons will be the first of at least four rehab starts, Price said.

"We anticipate a minimum of four outings with the necessary spacing between those outings, so we're looking at another seven-to-10 days, I'd guess," Price said.

Chapman will start Thursday's game for the Dragons, but during at least one of his rehab appearances, he'll come out of the bullpen at least once.