Aroldis Chapman hit by line drive, taken off on stretcher

  • David Whitlock

Tragic news out of Surprise, Arizona.  Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck by a line drive from Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez in the head and was knocked to the ground.  The situation was tweeted by the Reds beat reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer C. Trent Rosencrans:


Unfortunately, he was taken off the field on a stretcher as fans stood in silence.  Because of the severity of the injury, both managers agreed to stop the game after six innings with the hots Royals winning 6-3.

Prayers are out to Chapman, his family, teammates, friends, and Reds fans. The latest tweet from Rosencrans indicates that he is alert and conscious:

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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