So this was scary.
During last night's Reds/Royals Cactus League game in Surprise, Ariz., Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman sized up Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, wound up, and delivered a 99-mph pitch right over the heart of the plate. And when he did, Perez responded by hitting a line drive right back at Chapman that, unfortunately, he wasn't able to dodge. The ball hit Chapman in the face and, within seconds, Chapman was down on the ground in pain. Players from both teams rushed the field to make sure he was OK. But Chapman laid motionless for about 10 minutes while trainers worked on him before he was carted off the field.
Fortunately, it sounds like Chapman didn't lose consciousness after taking the shot to the face. Tests later revealed that he did suffer a fracture near his left eye. But he was able to talk to trainers after getting hit and is currently in the hospital undergoing more tests to make sure that he didn't suffer any brain injuries.
The Cactus League game was cancelled after Chapman's injury. Check out the video above to get a grainy look at the line drive that took Chapman down.
[via USA Today]