#Reds doctor Kremchek says Chapman will undergo surgery today. Plate could be inserted near eye. Mild concussion. “very lucky guy.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
Kremchek says recovery possible in 6-8 weeks but that doesn’t mean Chapman will be able to pitch right away. #Reds— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2014
What a scary moment last night. I was not listening to the game at the moment Aroldis Chapman was injured. I actually noticed the news on Twitter.
I immediately turned on 700 WLW.
1. It was eerie how quiet the ballpark was.
2. I can't recall ever hearing Marty as somber and choked up as he was at that moment. I didn't need to see the video to tell how serious it was.
3. I cringe when I listen to the audio of the play and hear the ball make contact with Chapman.
Our daily Spring Training Blog has photos and interviews with Jay Bruce and Bryan Price. There is also audio from Mat Latos on his minor league start yesterday.
Marty's call (Thanks Lindsay Patterson)
Statement from the Reds on Aroldis Chapman:
In the sixth inning of tonight’s game vs the Royals at Surprise Stadium, Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman was struck above the left eye by a Salvador Perez line drive.
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. We will update his status tomorrow morning.
What it looked like
Fox Sports: In era of safety, pitchers remain dangerously exposed.
From across the world, our thoughts are with Aroldis Chapman and the @Reds.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 20, 2014
Sal Perez appears to be weeping as he leaves the field.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) 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
thoughts and prayers go out to chapman, never want to hear something like that happen. so scary— Robert Stephenson (@robsteev44) March 20, 2014