Chapman hit in face by line drive
There is a full story on MLB.com about Reds closer Aroldis Chapman being struck above the left eye with a line drive from the bat of the Royals’ Salvador Perez. Not only did I see it, but the sound was awful. It was definitely one of the more horrific things I’ve seen at a ballgame. The crowd sat in stunned silence immediately.
UPDATE from the Reds: Chapman was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, where tests indicated fractures above his left eye and nose. He has been transferred to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he will undergo further testing. He will be kept overnight for observation.
Players were understandably upset and reporters were not allowed in the clubhouse to get reaction after the game was abruptly called in the sixth inning.
Reds manager Bryan Price and Jay Bruce came out of the clubhouse to represent the team. A couple of players have tweeted their thoughts. They are below.
Price: “He was able to communicate. He was able to move his hands, his feet, his legs. I’m not a doctor. I don’t want to go much further than that. It got him pretty flush just above the left eye is what it looks like.”
Bruce: “It was the most frightening thing I’ve ever been a part of. I never got close enough to see it. The way it was explained, as hard as he throws and as hard as that ball was hit off of the bat, we’re hoping for the best.”
When I know more, I will have it on MLB.com/Reds.com.
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) March 20, 2014
Keep Chapman in your thoughts and Prayers. That was one of the worst I've ever seen. Praying he comes back quick!
— JJ Hoover (@JJ_Hoover) March 20, 2014
The Reds and Royals medical and training staff did a GREAT JOB and thank you to both team players and coaching staff for their Prayers !!
— Brayan Pena (@cuban2727) March 20, 2014