Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face late Wednesday night from a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
Chapman suffered multiple bone fractures in both his nose and left eye. He was carted off the field to a nearby ambulance and taken to a hospital where he stayed the night for observations, according to the Reds Twitter account.
“Not good,” said Reds 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. We’ve got Tomas Vera, an assistant trainer, is going to be with him. And then we’ll get our updates from there.”
The horrific scene caused the rest of the game to be cancelled after the 6th inning. Training staffs from both teams rushed out to aid Chapman and his father was said to be one of the first people on the field. The game was not televised, but video captured the very scary incident from the crowd. Our thoughts go out to Chapman and his family.