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Aroldis Chapman has plate inserted, likely out 4-6 weeks

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

It won't be too long before Aroldis Chapman is doing this again. (USATSI)
It won't be too long before Aroldis Chapman is doing this again. (USATSI)

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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who suffered facial fractures and a mild concussion when he was struck in the face by a line drive on Wednesday night, underwent successful surgery on Thursday to insert a titanium plate at the fracture site, the team has announced. Chapman is expected to be able to work out and begin throwing in 10 to 14 days. He'll likely be ready for game action in four to six weeks.

The two-and-a-half-hour procedure was performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. Chapman is expected to remain hospitalized for the next day.

The 26-year-old Chapman, who regularly hits triple digits with his fastball, is a two-time All-Star. For his career, he's pitched to a 2.40 ERA and logged 324 strikeouts in 198 2/3 innings.

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