Wednesday night’s meeting between the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals quickly took a scary turn. Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Salvador Perez during the 6th inning of the game.
Trainers for both teams were seen sprinting to the mound as soon as Chapman was hit, according to reports from the handful of beat writers in attendance. Chapman’s father also reportedly was quick to be by his son’s side.
Chapman would be rolled onto a stretcher and carted off the field before long.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 20, 2014
Members of both the Royals and Reds agreed to call off the remainder of the game at this point, citing player safety as their chief reasoning and that it would be the right decision out of respect for Chapman.
Perez reportedly was not taking the situation lightly and was visibly shaken up. The Royals even asked reporters not to speak following the decision to call the game.
— ctrent (@ctrent) March 20, 2014
Sal Perez appears to be weeping as he leaves the field.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 20, 2014
Chapman reportedly suffered a laceration above his left eye but never lost consciousness. He’s been talking and moving in the clubhouse but will likely still be taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. It is still unclear if he’ll be forced to miss any significant time or if there will be any lingering affects from the situation.