Chuck and duck, ladies and gents. Or, if you're Aroldis Chapman it goes like this: Chuck and get hit with a Salvador Perez line drive. It's never fun to get hit anywhere with a baseball, but when you're 60 feet from the batter, and you throw 100+ mph, it is a lot less fun.
During the 6th inning of the Reds-Royals spring battle, Aroldis Chapman was struck above his left eye by a liner off the bat of Salvador Perez. The pitch was registered at 99 mph, and estimated off the bat at 112 mph. Chapman was down on the field for about 10 minutes before being carted off, and driven to a nearby hospital. The game was then cancelled, and KC claimed the victory.
Chapman will now undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his face. The team reported that the closer also has a mild concussion. Team trainer, Timothy Kremchek said that Chapman could resume throwing off the mound in as little as 6-8 weeks.
The same thing happened with Alex Cobb last year. It was a line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer. The feeling I got when I saw both of these players go down after taking a shot like that was truly awful. I can only imagine how Hosmer and Salvador Perez felt. Thankfully, Cobb made a full recover, and Chapman is also expected to bounce back.
As I said earlier, ladies and gents: Chuck and duck.