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Reds' Chapman recovering from surgery, could be released from hospital this weekend

Michael E. Keating
Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman, the Reds' left-handed closer struck in the face by a batted ball Wednesday night, had surgery Thursday  at a Phoenix hospital to have a small titanium plate inserted over his left eye, where the bone was fractured.

Rob Butcher, the Reds' director of media relations, said in a press release that Chapman is "expected to remain in the hospital a day or so."

The two-and-a-half hour surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samarian Hospital in Phoenix.

In the press release, Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman, a key component of the Reds' relief pitching corps, could begin working out and throwing in 10 to 14 days and could pitch in game conditions in four to six weeks.

The injury occurred in the sixth inning of a Wednesday night game with the Kansas City Royals in Suprise, Arizona. Chapman, after throwing a 99 mile per hour fast ball, was struck by a line drive off the bat of the Royals' Salvador Perez.

Chapman suffered bone fractures above the left eye and nose. He also had a mild concussion, according to Kremchek.

The game was ended after Chapman was carried off the field on a stretcher with his head immobilized. Chapman never lost consciousness.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.