SURPRISE, Ariz. – Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive and taken off the field on a cart during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters Chapman suffered cuts over his left eye, never lost consciousness and was talking, moving.
Chapman was struck by Salvador Perez’s drive with two outs in the sixth inning. The pitcher crumbled to the ground, face down and flailing his legs. Medical personnel rushed the field.
Several players knelt around the mound as Chapman was being attended to and the stadium became silent. An ambulance’s siren could be heard in background while Chapman was loaded onto the stretcher.
The game was called with Kansas City leading 6-3.