Thursday, March 20, 2014

Scary video surfaces of Aroldis Chapman getting struck in face by line drive

One of the scariest baseball injuries you are likely to see came Wednesday night in Surprise when Aroldis Chapman was on the wrong end of a screaming line drive hit by Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

The ball jumped off Perez's bat so quickly Chapman didn't even have time to finish his follow through. The impact of the baseball striking Chapman's face was more than enough to send the Reds closer writhing to the ground in agony.

A stretcher had to be toted in to haul Chapman off the field. After some brief discussion between both managers, the umpires decided to call the game prematurely in the sixth inning, out of utmost respect to Chapman and the other players.

A little later, the Reds released relatively good news by saying Chapman had not lost consciousness at all during the aftermath of getting hit. However, he did receive a laceration and contusion above his left eye.

"It was the most frightening thing I've ever been a part of," Reds right fielder Jay Bruce said. "I never got close enough to see it. The way it was explained, as hard as he throws and as hard as that ball was hit off of the bat, we're hoping for the best."

Thoughts and prayers go out to Chapman in this time of need.

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