HollywoodLife.com has obtained a disturbing video showing Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman catching a line-drive ball to the face in a preseason training game against the Kansas City Royals on March 19.
Aroldis Chapman, 26, suffered serious fractures to his face as the result of being smacked by a line drive ball in the 6th inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on March 19. The gruesome incident, which brought the whole game to an abrupt end, was caught on tape by several fans who just happened to be closest to the tragic event.
Aroldis Chapman: Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Hit In The Face With Line Drive Ball
Aroldis was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz where medical tests determined that the pitcher had “fractures above his left eye and nose,” the Reds revealed in statements on the organization’s Twitter page.
“Not good,” said Reds first-year manager Bryan Price. “He left the field on a stretcher — took a line-drive just above his left eye is what it looks like — a contusion, a laceration, and certainly needs to be taken to the hospital and checked.”
Once stabilized, he was later transferred to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he spent the night for observation, reports the SportingNew.com.
Aroldis was pitching to Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who got a hold of Aroldis’ 99-mph fastball and sent it back toward the mound where it viciously struck Aroldis in the face.
Medical personnel were quickly on the scene to tend to fallen player. Once he was able to move his arms and legs, Aroldis was taken off the field on a cart. The Cuban-born Reds pitcher was conscious and talking as he was carted away said Bryan.
HollywoodLife.com reached out to the Reds organization.
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— Bryant Perkins