Reds’ Chapman ‘lucky’ to have only broken bone

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FILE – Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., in this March 4, 2012 file photo. Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday night March 19, 2014 and taken to a hospital with a cut above his left eye. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

FILE – Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., in this March 4, 2012 file photo. Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday night March 19, 2014 and taken to a hospital with a cut above his left eye. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

In this image provided by Mark Sheldon Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is taken off the field after being hit by a line drive Wednesday night March 19, 2014, another frightening incident involving a pitcher being struck by a batted ball. Chapman broke bones above his left eye and nose. He is undergoing further testing at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he will spend the night for observation, according to a statement from the Reds. (AP Photo/Mark Sheldon)

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game.

Team doctor Tim Krenchek called Chapman “a very lucky guy.”

Krenchek says a metal plate will be inserted in the bone and will remain there permanently. He says Chapman has a very mild concussion but no other brain injury and no injury to his eye.

Kansas City’s Salvador Perez lined Chapman’s 99 mph fastball into the pitcher’s face in Wednesday night’s game. Chapman collapsed to the ground, moaning in pain and kicking his feet, then was taken off the field by stretcher.

Catcher Brayan Pena was with Chapman Thursday morning and says the pitcher was in good spirits.

Associated Press

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