Aroldis Chapman Suffers Fractures After Taking Line Drive to Face

Aroldis Chapman
Joe Robbins—Getty Images Aroldis Chapman during a 2013 regular season game.

The Cincinnati closer was carted off the field during a Spring Training game, which was cancelled after his injury

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures to bones around his nose and left eye after a line drive caught him in the face during the sixth inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Chapman was carted off the field but did not lose consciousness following the hit from Kansas City’s Salvador Perez. The game was cancelled following the incident.

The 26-year-old phenom, who has been an all-star in each of the last two seasons, was kept overnight in a Sun City, Ariz. hospital for observation and testing, according to the Reds’ Twitter account.

Reds manager Bryan Price will hold a team meeting at 12 p.m. EST to update players on Chapman’s condition. Chapman’s injury comes less than two months after Major League Baseball approved caps that pitchers can wear to provide additional protection from batted balls. The optional new caps do not provide facial protection.

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team