Aroldis Chapman struck by liner, hospitalized with facial fractures
It was a scary scene at the Reds-Royals Cactus League game, as Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face by a Salvador Perez liner.
The Reds later announced that tests revealed that Chapman, who never lost consciousness, had fractures above his left eye and nose. He was being kept overnight at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix for further tests and observation.
It was by all accounts a very scary scene in Surprise, Ariz. Here's the video:
After Chapman was removed from the field on a stretcher, the rest of the game was canceled.
Here are some tweets from writers covering the game as things unfolded:
Sal Perez just hit Aroldis Chapman in the face with a line drive. Medical personnel sprinted onto the field.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 20, 2014
The park got very silent. Chapman's father ran out to mound #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 20, 2014
Walt Jocketty out to the field, talking to Reds trainers. Price and Ned Yost are talking, umps going out. Not sure if they'll continue #Reds— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014
Chapman is being rolled onto a backboard. A cart is here to take him off the field.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 20, 2014
umpire Chris Guccione said it was just out of respect for Chapman and safety of players that Price, Yost decided not to continue #Reds— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014
Sal Perez appears to be weeping as he leaves the field.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 20, 2014
We'll update once there's further news on Chapman's condition, but for now it sounds like it could've been much, much worse.