Cincinnati Reds Aroldis Chapman Hit in Face With Baseball (Video)
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face with a line drive by Kansas City Royal Salvador Perez last night.
Two fans caught the shocking moment on cell phones from different angles (videos below).
Chapman lay on the field as emergency medical technicians and the Royals' team doctor treated him until an ambulance arrived, noted ESPN.
"Not good," said Reds manager Bryan Price, reported Sporting News. "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. We've got Tomas Vera, an assistant trainer, is going to be with him. And then we'll get our updates from there."
Later, the Reds tweeted:
Chapman was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, where tests indicated fractures above his left eye and nose.
For his part, Perez immediately went to the pitchers' mound, where players and medical techs gathered around Chapman.
"It was one of the more frightening and non-fun moments I've been a part of on the baseball field," stated Reds right fielder Jay Bruce.
Chapman reportedly throws a 100 mph fastball.