Aroldis Chapman hit in face by a line drive, leaves game on stretcher
SURPRISE, ARIZONA (FOX19) - Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman left Wednesday night's game after being hit in the face by a line drive.
The Reds Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals was canceled after the drive, hit by Salvador Perez, struck Chapman above the left eye in the sixth inning.
Brian Price told Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon on MLB.com that tests indicated Chapman suffered fractures above his left eye and nose.
FOX19 sports producer Ron Millennor witnessed the play and said Chapman was moving his legs and feet while he was being treated by medical personnel.
"You could hear it, it was a loud sickening sound," described Millennor, who said a hush fell over the ballpark after the impact. One third of a second passed from the balls contact with the bat to Chapman, according to replays analyzed by FOX19 Sports Director Joe Danneman.
Chapman stayed on the ground for around 10 minutes before leaving on a cart and then taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Chapman was kept overnight in an Arizona hospital for observation. An update on Chapman's condition is expected to be released late Thursday morning.
Fellow Reds players took to Twitter Wednesday night to express concern for their teammate, with J.J Hoover and Todd Frazier saying to keep him in thoughts and prayers.
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