Chapman visits Reds clubhouse
I will have more on MLB.com in a story shortly — but Aroldis Chapman dropped by the Reds clubhouse on Sunday. To be honest, I was stunned by how good he looked under the circumstances. He had some black eyes and a puffy nose. Thankfully, he did not look like he was smacked in the face by a line drive and needed surgery on his skull.
Visiting the Reds clubhouse on Sunday afternoon, Chapman had the appearance of a boxer who just finished 12 rounds in the ring. In reality, the lefty was the victim of a line drive to the face vs. the Royals on Wednesday night who needed surgery the following day to repair fractures above the left eye and nose. A metal plate was inserted to stabilize the injury.
“To be honest with you, I feel really good. I feel a lot better than I thought I was going to be,” said Chapman via translator and assistant trainer Tomas Vera.
Tomas Vera and Aroldis Chapman address the media today in Goodyear. pic.twitter.com/BlmP15hTwF
— Reds (@Reds) March 23, 2014
Chapman was discharged from a Phoenix hospital on Saturday. Here are a couple of the things he said:
“I wasn’t thinking about nothing there. It was so quick,” Chapman said of when he was hit by the Salvador Perez line drive. “It was something you don’t have a chance to think about. At the time it was happening, I was conscious the whole time. I never lost consciousness. I knew what was going on. I was worried about what would happen. My face started to get bigger and I was thinking ‘what happened? What’s going to be the consequence of this?’ I was able to recognize and know what was going on with my surroundings.”
Are you surprised how good you look considering?
“I feel surprised, like you, yes, I can’t believe it,” Chapman said. “After I watched the video, and I have been watching the video, repeating it many, many, many times and every time that I see it I feel really happy because this could be something worse. The way how I am right now, the way how I feel I’m in no pain. I have no pain at all. How I’ve been progressing with has been great for me.”
UPDATE: Reds manager Bryan Price was glad Chapman could visit. The club did not know that he would be coming over until about 15 minutes before game time.
“It was great to see him. He was in good spirits,” Price said. “He’s been through a lot, quite a bit beyond the incident itself.
“I think it probably meant a lot to come back into the clubhouse and a lot of the guys on the team visited him in the hospital and brought him food and sat with him and talked to him. It was good to have him back.”