Sunday marked the first day Aroldis Chapman spoke with the media since being hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Salvador Perez last Wednesday.
All things considered, the Cuban native seemed to be doing well and was in good spirits. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the club wasn't aware he was visiting the clubhouse until about 15 minutes before he arrived. But Chapman's teammates were certainly happy to see him when he popped in.
“I think it probably meant a lot to come back into the clubhouse and a lot of the guys on the team visited him in the hospital and brought him food and sat with him and talked to him. It was good to have him back.”
Chapman looked shockingly good considering he just recently went under the knife to have a permanent metal plate installed (accompanied with staples) to repair the broken bones around his left eye. He had black eyes and a puffy nose, but admitted he felt "a lot better than I thought I was going to be."
The Reds are hoping Chapman can resume throwing after a couple of weeks and could get him back in game action within six weeks.