In one of the scarier scenes in recent memory, Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck on the face with a line drive during a Spring Training game on Wednesday night, but the early returns as to his health status were fairly positive. In that vein, Chapman’s diagnosis has been made public as of Thursday afternoon, and it is incredibly encouraging.
#Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman to have surgery today to repair fracture above left eye, out 6-8 weeks.
— MLB (@MLB) March 20, 2014
News that Chapman will only miss 6-8 weeks with this injury is insanely positive, especially given how grave the scene was. The game itself was cancelled early in the midst of the injury, and Chapman was virtually motionless following the play, leading some to fear the worst, but it looks as if he’s avoided total disaster.
On the field, the 26-year-old fireballer is one of the best closers in all of baseball, accumulating 76 saves over the past two seasons combined and posting insane career ratios like a 2.40 ERA with 14.68 strikeouts per 9 innings. In his stead, the Reds will likely turn to either Jonathan Broxton, J.J Hoover, or incumbent Sean Marshall in the 9th innings, but more importantly, Chapman will be back soon, and that’s a great thing.