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Cincinnati closer Chapman hit in face by line drive

Reds closer suffers broken bones above left eye and nose in exhibition game in Arizona.


The Associated Press

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has suffered broken bones above his left eye and nose after being hit by a line drive.

The Reds said in a statement Wednesday night that Chapman was undergoing further testing at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he will spend the night.

The hard-throwing left-hander was struck by Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez’s hit with two outs in the sixth inning — the pitch was clocked at 99 mph. Chapman crumbled to the ground, face down and flailing his legs. The ball caromed into the third base dugout. Medical personnel, including Royals Dr. Vincent Key, rushed the field. Blood could be seen on the mound.

The game was called after an eight-minute delay with Kansas City leading 6-3.

“Not good,” manager Bryan Price said. “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.”

Playing right field, Reds teammate Jay Bruce heard the ball hit Chapman.

“It was one of the more frightening and non-fun moments I’ve been a part of on the baseball field,” he said.

Notes

• Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins was calm, cool and composed. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn’t have been more livid.

Both were responding to an ESPN.com report that claimed there are some in the organization who want Rollins to be a better leader through his work habits. The website said that a trade was possible.

After morning batting practice, Rollins said he had heard about the report. “I have a whole bunch of friends who are calling me or emailing me and asking what is going on,” Rollins said.

Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, was relaxed as he discussed the matter and did not seem irritated for one simple reason.

“Because they can’t trade me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter.”

Amaro was more outspoken on the subject.

“It’s absolutely silly ... Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop,” Amaro said.

Albert Pujols doubled twice, Mike Trout hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 14-10.

Greg Maddux will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Texas Rangers’ season opener March 31. The catcher will be his brother, Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux.



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