Thursday, March 20, 2014

Aroldis Chapman to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery

The good news for Aroldis Chapman is that last night's line drive he took to the face could have resulted in much worse. But the bad news is that the Reds closer will have to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the damage.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chapman was set to undergo surgery Thursday afternoon to shore up fractures above his left eye and nose. In order to accomplish this, Chapman will have a plate inserted into his head, which will be forever permanent.

Dr. Timothy Kremchek expects Chapman to make a healthy recovery and "absolutely" expects the hurler to be able to pitch again this season. Thankfully, Chapman suffered no brain damage nor did he ever lose consciousness.

In fact, after being transported to the hospital, teammates say Chapman was in relatively good spirits considering the circumstances. Reds catcher Brayan Pena said Chapman was even telling jokes.

The Cuban native could begin throwing off flat ground in as soon as 2-3 weeks.

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