A plate had to be inserted above Chapman’s eye, and that plate will remain there permanently. It looks like they basically had to scalp him in order to the get the plate in.
And then they just stapled his scalp back together.
Amazingly, Chapman suffered only a minor concussion in the incident and has no brain or eye damage. The Reds say he could begin working out in a couple of weeks and could pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks.
The question now is whether there will be any lingering psychological effects from the injury.
I wouldn’t blame Chapman if he was a little gunshy out there after that. It can’t be easy to take a liner off the face and then just walk back out into the line of fire.