Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 Written by BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game.
Team doctor Tim Kremchek called Chapman "a very lucky guy."
Kremchek says a metal plate will be inserted in the bone and will remain there permanently. He says Chapman has a very mild concussion but no other brain injury and no injury to his eye.
Kansas City's Salvador Perez lined Chapman's 99 mph fastball into the pitcher's face in Wednesday night's game. Chapman collapsed to the ground, moaning in pain and kicking his feet, then was taken off the field by stretcher.
Catcher Brayan Pena was with Chapman Thursday morning and says the pitcher was in good spirits.