Aroldis Chapman, the twenty-six year old pitcher for the Cincinati Reds, was hit in the face in a game Wednesday night. He had to receive surgery on his head and face the following day on Thursday, and then shockingly showed the results to his fans.
He uploaded the picture showing staples running through the top of his head on his official Instagram (@_thecubanmissile54).
The photo depicts Chapman’s head from above and what seems like roughly twenty four staples clamped onto his scalp. It is reported that the surgery took an entire two hours and thirty minutes to fix the broken bone over his left eye and that Chapman had a mild concussion.
The doctor of the Reds told Chapman that:
If you get hit in the side of the head, that could be disastrous. Where Aroldis got hit, you don’t want to say he got hit in a good spot because he’s undergoing surgery, but it could have been a lot worse, a lot more injuries, a lot more permanent. He’s very lucky.
It is a relief that he got hit right above his eye since that spot is one of the more thicker parts of the skull. It was therefore able to provide ample protection for his brain.
Chapman’s doctor also noted that he expects the pitcher to be able to return to the mound sometime soon, although he estimates that will most likely miss the first one or two months of the upcoming Major League season.
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