Spring training: Reds closer Chapman hit in face by line drive

2014-03-20T00:00:00Z Spring training: Reds closer Chapman hit in face by line driveThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 20, 2014 12:00 am  • 

SURPRISE — Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has sustained broken bones above his left eye and nose after being hit by a line drive.

The Reds said in a statement Wednesday night that Chapman was undergoing further testing at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he will spend the night.

The hard-throwing left-hander was struck by Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez’s hit with two outs in the sixth inning — the pitch was clocked at 99 mph. Chapman crumbled to the ground, face down and flailing his legs. The ball caromed into the third base dugout. Medical personnel, including Royals Dr. Vincent Key, rushed the field. Blood could be seen on the mound.

The game was called after an eight-minute delay with Kansas City leading 6-3, and Chapman was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City. He was later transferred to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.





Bats take center stage

GLENDALE — Wednesday was a good day to be a batter in Glendale.

Albert Pujols doubled twice, Mike Trout hit a solo homer, and the Angels beat the White Sox 14-10 Wednesday.

Jordan Danks hit his fifth homer of spring training for the White Sox. Matt Davidson hit a three-run shot, and Adam Eaton doubled twice to raise his average to .343.

Howie Kendrick went 3 for 3 for the Angels to raise his average to .441, and Kole Calhoun had two hits and made a great catch at the right field fence . Ian Stewart added a two-run homer for the Angels.

Astros’ Cosart perfect

VIERA, Fla. — Jarred Cosart pitched five perfect innings Wednesday night, leading the Astros to a 2-0 victory over the Nationals.

Cosart struck out nine, including six straight and seven of eight. 

Inside pitch

  • Ivan Nova
  • pitched two-hit ball while working into the seventh inning for the first time this spring, and the Yankees beat the Braves 7-0 Wednesday.

Nova didn’t walk a batter and didn’t allow a runner past second base. He said he felt like he could have kept going after he was pulled after allowing a double to Ryan Doumit.



  • Braves righty
  • Kris Medlen
  • has undergone elbow-ligament replacement surgery for the second time.

The Braves said Wednesday Dr. James Andrews reconstructed the ulnar collateral ligament in Medlen’s right elbow a day earlier during the procedure at Gulf Breeze, Fla. Medlen, who was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA last year, is expected to miss the entire season.

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