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Aroldis Chapman carted off field after taking liner to head, diagnosed with facial fractures

Aroldis Chapman

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Wednesday night in a Cactus League game and needed to be carted off the field.

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Medical personnel ran immediately out to the mound when Chapman went down and the hard-throwing left-hander’s father soon followed. A stretcher came out and Chapman was rolled onto it with a backboard.

Here are reports from beat writers on-site, including C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, and Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star ...

The scene on field for Chapman #reds pic.twitter.com/DWYImxvEmR

— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 20, 2014


Place is dead quiet — you can hear the sirens of the ambulance #Reds #Chapman

— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014


Walt Jocketty out to the field, talking to Reds trainers. Price and Ned Yost are talking, umps going out. Not sure if they’ll continue #Reds

— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014


The game has been stopped. It’s over. #reds

— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 20, 2014


Sal Perez appears to be weeping as he leaves the field.

— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 20, 2014


umpire Chris Guccione said it was just out of respect for Chapman and safety of players that Price, Yost decided not to continue #Reds

— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014


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A promising update here from Rosecrans, who’s reporting from the Reds’ clubhouse ...

Chapman suffers laceration, contusion above left eye. never lost consciousness #Reds

— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014


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Possibly the final update of the night, from the Reds’ official Twitter account ...

Aroldis Chapman is currently at the hospital. We will update you as we have more information. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.

— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014


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Tests were run right away and an early diagnosis is in. Via the Reds’ official Twitter feed ...

Chapman was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, where tests indicated fractures above his left eye and nose.

— Reds (@Reds) March 20, 2014

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