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Aroldis Chapman struck in face by line drive, suffers fractures above left eye and nose

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(USA Today)

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is conscious and talking to medical personnel after being struck in the face by a Salvador Perez line drive during Wednesday night's Cactus League game against the Kansas City Royals.

The early word from the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans is Chapman never lost consciousness on the field and was to have suffered a laceration and a contusion above his left eye. The Reds later reported x-rays taken at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center revealed fractures above his eye and nose. He'll undergo further testing overnight.

The scary incident happened in the sixth inning as the hard-throwing lefty was attempting to get in preparation against Kansas City's major league hitters. Athletic trainers from both teams immediately tended to Chapman as the stunned crowd in Surprise, Arizona watched on in complete silence.

According to Mark L. Sheldon of, Chapman's father was among those who ran on the field before Chapman was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field.

The game was not televised on Wednesday, but there is video of the swing that led to Chapman's injury.

That's a very uncomfortable crack followed an immediate smack. Here's how those in attendance described the scene that followed.

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