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Reds Pitcher Aroldis Chapman Takes 110 MPH Line Drive to the Face (Video)
Last night’s Cactus League contest between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona, was called off after Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman took a 110 mph line drive to the face and had to be stretchered off the field.
The play took place during the sixth inning, as Royals catcher Salvador Perez belted a 99 mph fastball right back at the all-star closer, knocking him to the ground in a heap of pain. After being attended to by the medical staffs of both teams, Chapman was quickly strapped to a backboard and carted off the field. From there, he was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with facial fractures above his nose and left eye. He was said to be conscious the entire time and although his face is currently a mess, reports indicate that Chapman was in good spirits at the hospital—where he remained overnight for observation.
As for the game, both managers and the umpire crew decided it would be best to call it a night, as players from both teams were clearly too shaken to continue on with the meaningless contest.
During his fourth season with the Reds in 2013, Chapman tied a career-high with 38 saves while posting a 2.54 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. There’s no telling how long last night’s frightening incident will keep the 26-year-old Cuban sidelined for. At the moment, all we can do is wish Chapman a speedy recovery.
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