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Reds team doctor: Aroldis Chapman to have metal plate inserted during surgery


Cincinnati Reds team doctor Tim Krenchek referred to Aroldis Chapman as “a very lucky guy” despite the fact that the closer is currently undergoing surgery and will have a metal plate inserted after he was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during a Wednesday spring training game. The ball was estimated to be traveling at approximately 110 mph.

The surgery is expected to repair a broken bone above his left eye and a metal plate reportedly will be inserted into the bone that will remain there permanently.

Krenchek also stated that Chapman only suffered a minor concussion but that there were no further injuries to either the brain or his eye and that Chapman could be out of the hospital as soon as Saturday. If no further complications arise, the expected recovery time is estimated to be between six and eight weeks, although that time frame does not reflect when Chapman will be able to resume baseball-related activities.

John Fay, the Reds beat reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, relayed the following updates via his Twitter account about what he was told by manager Bryan Price and catcher Brayan Pena.

An encouraging prognosis, to be sure, despite the severity of the injury and the possibility of just how bad it could have been for Chapman. The resulting surgery and the insertion of the metal plate, while both serious, to say that Chapman is lucky would be an incredible understatement, which is amazing given the circumstances and the aftermath.

[New York Post]