Aroldis Chapman shares Instagram picture of staples in his head

Aroldis Chapman is on his way to recovering from the traumatic experience of being hit in the face by a line drive during a spring training game on Wednesday.

Chapman should be able to begin throwing in about two weeks, and he could begin playing in game conditions in 4-6 weeks, the Reds’ team doctor said Thursday.

Chapman had a metal plate inserted into his head to stabilize the fractures from being hit in the face. Apparently a ton of staples were needed as part of the procedures. The Cincinnati Reds closer shared a picture on Instagram of how it looked. It’s pretty grizzly, so we’ve shared it below.

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Aroldis Chapman had titanium plate inserted into head, will miss at least 4-6 weeks

Aroldis ChapmanAroldis Chapman might not be out too long despite his scary medical situation on Wednesday night.

The Cincinnati Reds closer was hit in the face by a line drive during a spring training game and was taken to the hospital. The team said Thursday that Chapman underwent surgery and had a titanium plate inserted into his head to stabilize a fracture.

He can begin working out in 10-14 days and can pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks.

The Reds’ team doctor says Chapman has a mild concussion but no other brain injuries, thankfully.

I know that inserting screws and plates into people during operations is standard medical procedure, but it’s still pretty gnarly to think about him walking around with a metal plate in his dome. At least he shouldn’t be out too long, which is great news.

Aroldis Chapman expected to make full recovery

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman fell victim to one of the most terrifying injuries in sports on Wednesday night, as he was struck in the head by a Salvador Perez line drive during a Cactus League game. Fortunately, the 26-year-old flamethrower is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Reds manager Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that Chapman was up and joking around with catcher Brayan Pena on Thursday. Pena added that he felt a lot better after speaking to Chapman.

Team doctor Tim Kremcheck said that Chapman will need a metal plate inserted where he suffered some fractures above his left eye and nose. He suffered a very mild concussion and will undergo surgery, but the ball did not do any damage to Chapman’s actual eye. Kremcheck said that Chapman got lucky, all things considered, and that he should be able to resume exercising in six to eight weeks. He also said Chapman will “absolutely” pitch this season.

Aroldis Chapman line drive

When you take into account the horrific sound the ball made when it struck Chapman, you realize how incredibly fortunate he is. For what it’s worth, Fay also noted that it would not have mattered in this instance if Chapman was wearing the protective hat now offered to pitchers. That’s not to say wearing them would be useless, but the ball caught him in the face.

We’re certainly relieved to hear that Chapman is expected back so soon.

Aroldis Chapman hit in face by Salvador Perez line drive (Video)

Cincinnati Reds flame thrower Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a Salvador Perez line drive during a spring training game on Wednesday night and was carted off the field.

Chapman is the hardest thrower in baseball, which means any ball coming off the bat would be returned with absurd velocity. The play occurred during the bottom of the sixth inning of a Cactus League game between the Reds and Royals.

This video shows Perez making contact. You can hear the terrible sound:

Here’s a look at the scene on the field after Chapman was hit – you can hear how silent the stadium was:

Aroldis Chapman line drive

Reds reporter C. Trent Rosecrans says Chapman’s father ran onto the field after his son got hit.

Chapman was attended to by paramedics and carted off the field. The parties involved agreed to call the game after Chapman was hit.

Reds reliever JJ Hoover sent this tweet shortly after the game was called and it was enough to make anyone nervous:

This sort of scenario is a pitcher’s worst nightmare, but it sounds like Chapman may come out of this in much better shape than anticipated:

The team says Chapman has fractures above his left eye and nose and will be kept overnight at the hospital for observation.

Aroldis Chapman pokes fun at Sammy Sosa’s white face


Former MLB slugger Sammy Sosa has been looking ghastly for quite some time now. Sosa’s skin coloring change first became evident back in 2009, when speculation began to build that he was suffering from some sort of skin condition like the one Michael Jackson had. On Tuesday, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman had a little fun at Sosa’s expense.

“#chapmanswagg y no soy #sammy #sosa lol @hor danmvpbarber,” Chapman wrote on Instagram.

Those of you who speak Spanish know that what Chapman said translates to “I am not Sammy Sosa.”

Sosa claimed over three years ago that his skin had lightened because a facial cream he was using. He was still looking sickly when he made a public appearance last month, and some of the photos on his wife’s Instagram account still show a pretty pale looking Slammin’ Sammy.

We still have no idea what’s going on, but it certainly doesn’t look healthy.

H/T Big League Stew


Aroldis Chapman almost partnered with 50 Cent to promote boxers

Aroldis Chapman50 Cent recently started a boxing promotion company, and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman nearly partnered with him on the venture, a profile on the closer revealed.

Chapman was profiled by ESPN The Magazine as part of their Feb. 17 Cuba Issue. Chapman is portrayed in the profile as someone who had a difficult life in Cuba, but defected to the US where he is now a millionaire and seemingly has everything. But despite having enough money for all the material possessions, Chapman misses a lot about the drama and chaos of his past life. One way he is able to connect to his old life is by supporting struggling Cuban boxers who are in the US.

Chapman’s father was a boxing trainer and Aroldis boxed when he was younger. Though he gave up the sport at age 11 because his mother thought his temperament was better suited for baseball, Chapman still relates well with boxers and has an affinity toward the sport. He and fellow Cuban pitcher Livan Hernandez even began sponsoring boxers who escaped Cuba.

According to writer Eli Saslow, Chapman was so serious about boxing he almost went into business with 50 Cent.

For a while, Chapman says, he considered partnering with the rapper 50 Cent and starting a formal boxing promotion company, but those plans dissolved within a few months. “I don’t want it to be so complicated — promoters, a business plan, none of that,” Chapman says. So instead, he offers informal help to half a dozen Cuban boxers who are now training in New York and Miami. He helps cover their travel costs, rent and training supplies. “An investor” is how the boxers describe Chapman’s role, but Chapman doesn’t care whether they pay him back, and no one does. “This is as much for me as it is for them,” he says. “They get some money. I get some of the old excitement.”

That is a pretty cool arrangement, and certainly a generous move by Chapman to help them out since he has already made it in terms of athletic and financial success.

That was one of the many good details revealed about Chapman in the profile. It’s actually somewhat sad to read it. You learn about a guy who seems to have lost some motivation and is lacking satisfaction in life, mostly because he is in a different country that really does not feel like home for him. Another funny detail is that the Reds pitcher smokes Reds — Marlboro Reds. In fact, when Chapman left his baseball team in the Netherlands to escape, he left with just a passport and pack of cigarettes. Priorities people, priorities.

Aroldis Chapman angers Nick Swisher with 100-mph pitch at head

Nick Swisher was upset with Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman for seemingly throwing at him on Monday afternoon in the Reds’ 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Chapman struck out Asdrubal Cabrera on a 3-2 pitch to begin the ninth. He proceeded to uncork two wild ones in a row against Swisher. The first pitch was so high it sailed over the catcher’s head and went straight to the backstop (video here). It was so far out of the zone it led to Swisher staring out at Chapman, who had his head turned to Swisher as he walked back to the mound.

The next one from Chapman was a 100-mph fastball at Swisher’s head. Swisher ducked out the way, but he was clearly upset. He could be saying “don’t do that” to Chapman several times after the pitch to his head.

Swisher then took a 2-0 100-mph fastball for a called strike. He drove a 2-1 99-mph fastball to left field that was caught for the second out of the inning. Swisher and Chapman exchanged words as Swisher jogged off the field.

Swisher said after the game that he didn’t remember what was said between the two, while Chapman told reporters that he doesn’t speak English, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes.

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