Aroldis Chapman has surgery to repair broken bone above eye

By Thomas Leone,

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a broken bone above his left eye after getting hit in the face by a line drive during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday.

ESPN reports that Chapman had to have a titanium plate inserted into his head in order to stabilize the fractured bone and remained hospitalized for about another day.

Chapman also suffered a mild concussion but will make a full recovery and should be able to begin throwing in about two weeks, according to USA Today.

The Reds closer should be able to return to game action in four to six weeks, ESPN reports.

It is truly amazing that Chapman could be ready to play in a game in such a short period of time after suffering such a gruesome injury.

Chapman, of Cuban descent, is best known for his strong left arm and 100+ mph fast ball. He made his debut in the MLB with the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 season. He has also been named to the National League All-Star team twice in his four year career.

Image: By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.



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