2014 Reds

Breaking: Chapman Struck in Face by Line Drive [Updates]

Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face, just above his left eye, by a line drive off the bat of Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals. The game was stopped and after a 12-minute delay it was suspended. Chapman was taken off the field on a stretcher and is now at a hospital. According to reports from manager Bryan Price, Chapman suffered a laceration (deep cut) and a contusion (bruise) but never lost consciousness.

Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans is tweeting what he’s seeing on a TV replay from a Japanese station. “From TV Asahi replay, you could see blood on the mound. You could also see Chapman constantly moving. Kicking his legs.”

Manager Bryan Price described it as a “frightening moment.”

Price commenting on the game being suspended: “Well, you just can’t find it in your heart to go out there and play.”

UPDATE: Rosecrans has published a full-length, up-to-date article with a video from Jay Bruce, Bryan Price and other information. Mark Sheldon has filed his full report.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who was hit in the face himself in September of 2012 cautions that “all reporting at this point means zilch, until he gets a scan.” He’d know. McCarthy underwent emergency two-hour brain surgery to deal with a hemorrhage and skull fracture. McCarthy returned to pitching in a game against the Reds.

UPDATE: Reds catcher Brayan Pena tweeted his appreciation of both medical staffs: “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 !!”

Bleeding into the brain is one of the most severe short-term threats associated with Chapman’s injury.

We’ll update here as more information becomes available.

UPDATE ON CONDITION: Mark Sheldon is reporting that tests show Chapman has suffered fractures above the eye and nose. He’s being transferred to a second hospital for further testing. “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.”

I guess it’s good news that he isn’t in emergency surgery and his condition is good enough to be transferred. It sounds like that’s the last medical update we’ll receive until the morning.

5 thoughts on “Breaking: Chapman Struck in Face by Line Drive [Updates]

  1. If adversity builds character, then this club is going to be something to reckon with this year. Prayers to Chappy and his family and all the guys on the Reds and Royals who were so affected by this. Hoping sunrise in Goodyear brings good news!

  2. Looked exactly like the pitch that McCarthy took. Hope he’s not seriously hurt.

    Not be insensitive but while all this talk about “Chapman’s worth more as a starter” is true, it’s obvious you want him on your team period. We might have to face the start of the season without him. You don’t fully appreciate what you have till it’s gone.

    • God, this is terrible. As a kid, I was a Herb Score fan, and recall how, even after the physical damage to him was healed, he could not recapture the magic. How could someone go back out and pitch without being constantly aware of the possibility of something like this happening?

  3. Cueto has been scratched from his start today according to Sheldon due to soreness in his scapula. When it rains…..

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