Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is lucky to be alive after being struck in the head by a line drive going 100 mph!
The pitcher suffered facial fractures above his left eye last night when his pitch came back at him off the bat of KC Royals player Salvador Perez. He immediately fell to the mound, writhing in excruciating pain.
The video is NOT for the faint at heart!
Chapman stayed down on the ground for a few minutes, while Perez stayed crouched at first base, scared at what he had just accidentally done. Chapman was eventually carted off the field on a stretcher.
The injury was thought to be so bad, both teams decided to end the spring training game in the bottom of the sixth!
That’s some impressive sportsmanship right there!
Luckily, doctors say they expect the left-hander to make a FULL recovery. Chapman will have to undergo surgery and is expected to be out six to eight weeks though.
The team doctor said of him after this incident:
“He’s a very lucky guy.”
Press PLAY to watch the scary moment (above)!
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