Reds Pitcher Takes Line Drive to the Head in Spring Training Game
In what was otherwise a quiet evening at a spring training game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman unintentionally livened things up in the bottom of the sixth inning when he took a line drive to the face. For anyone who’s ever played baseball at any level, this is more or less the embodiment of the scariest thing about the game — a very fast, very hard ball flying at you with no remorse.
Chapman, who didn’t lose consciousness despite fracturing his nose and his eyebrow, was unable to finish the game and left the field on a stretcher. After the pitcher was removed, the two team managers met with the umpires and unanimously decided that the game was over. The Reds were leading 6-3.
“It was really a mutual agreement,” crew chief Chris Guccione told The Kansas City Star. “Players were rattled. The staff was rattled. The umpires were rattled. We figured it was best, along with both teams in agreement that the game should end.”