Cincinnati Pitcher Hit in the Face

27 Mar 2014 by Brendan Whiteaker, No Comments »

Baseball is generally thought to be a sport made for the lesser athletes. You sit on the bench and talk to your buddies, chew gum, maybe even stand up and swing a bat every once in a while. However, a preseason game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals showed that it can be just as dangerous as any other sport. Reds’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman suffered a broken nose, a fracture above his left eye, and a mild concussion after being struck by a speeding baseball. The pitch from Chapman to Royals’ player Salvador Perez was going 99 mph before Perez hit it, and it hit Chapman at an estimated 110 mph.

Both teams immediately agreed to abandon the game while Chapman was attended by the medics. Perez was reported to leave the field in tears after the incident occurred. He later said, “It was the most frightening thing I’ve ever been a part of. I never got close enough to see it, but the way it was explained to me, as hard as he throws and as hard as that ball was hit off the bat, I hope for the best.” Chapman had to go through two-and-a-half hours of surgery to insert a metal plate on the bone above is eye and stabilize the injury. The Cincinnati team doctor, Tim Kremchek, said,”He (Aroldis Chapman) knows what’s going on. The idea is to get that fixed, and hopefully within a couple of weeks he can start exercises and start throwing and hopefully be back in six to eight weeks with contact. He has a very mild concussion, no other brain injury. His eyes are fine. Right now, he’s a very lucky guy. He was very well taken care of here in Arizona. He’s at the right place, the right hospital. He’s got some very good doctors taking care of him.” Hopefully Chapman will be recovered and back to pitching within a couple months.

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