Or most likely, titanium. Aroldis Chapman is undergoing surgery right now to have a metal plate put in his face above his left eyebrow after catching a screaming line drive square in the left eye last night off the bat of Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez.
Team doctor Tim Kremcheck said the Reds closer is a “a very lucky guy”, suffering only a minor concussion in addition to the facial fractures. Anybody familiar with then Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy’s story, after a similar incident just two years ago, would agree. McCarthy suffered a skull fracture, a brain contusion, life-threatening emergency surgery and even a seizure a year later.
Kremcheck says that Chapman will be out for six to eight weeks and could potentially be throwing again from the mound in May. According to team mates and Skipper Bryan Price, Chapman was in good spirits and joking this morning. He joked that maybe he shouldn’t have thrown that particular pitch 99 MPH. He will soon have to make room in his enormous wallet for the “I-have-a-steel-plate-in-my-head-so-let-me-on-the-plane” ID card.
I am not including the video because it is brutal. The sound was reminiscent of Rowdy Roddy Piper ambushing Jimmy Superfly Snooka in Piper’s Pit and delivering a devastating blow to his coconut with an actual coconut.
The Cuban Missle can now add Iron Man and Man of Steel to his aliases. The freak of nature that is Aroldis Chapman just became even freakier now that he will have a metal face.
Get well soon Chappy. Reds Country is pulling for you.