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In this image provided by Mark Sheldon Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is taken off the field after being hit by a line drive Wednesday night March 19, 2014, another frightening incident involving a pitcher being struck by a batted ball. Chapman broke bones above his left eye and nose. He is undergoing further testing at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he will spend the night for observation, according to a statement from the Reds. (AP Photo/Mark Sheldon)
Doctor: Chapman ‘lucky’
MLB notes » Closer has broken bone after a line drive to the face.
First Published Mar 20 2014 05:07 pm • Last Updated Mar 20 2014 07:46 pm

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery Thursday to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game in Goodyear, Ariz.

Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman could begin throwing off a mound in six to eight weeks, a timetable that could get him back in games in late May. The left-hander with a fastball that has reached 105 mph could start exercising and throwing on flat ground in a couple of weeks, Kremchek said.

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The doctor called Chapman "a very lucky guy."

Kremchek said a metal plate was to be inserted in the bone above Chapman’s left eyebrow, with perhaps a bone graft as well, and will remain there permanently. Chapman has a very mild concussion but no other brain injury and no injury to his eye, Kremchek said.

"He’s feeling better and he has some pain management. We’re optimistic that he is going to be on the mend," Reds manager Bryan Price said after meeting with players Thursday morning at the team’s spring training facility. "Obviously, we’ll stay in touch. We will make sure we follow the process as we continue to get familiar with the injury itself. We will let him know how much support he has and that we care about him. Hopefully, we will see him here very soon."

The frightening incident occurred in the sixth inning of Wednesday night game at Kansas City’s spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., when the Royals’ Salvador Perez lined Chapman’s 99 mph fastball into the pitcher’s face. Chapman was knocked backward to the ground, then rolled on his face, kicking in pain.

The ball hit Chapman in one of the most protected areas of the skull, Kremchek said.

"If you get hit in the side of the head, that could be disastrous," Kremchek said. "Where Aroldis got hit, you don’t want to say he got hit in a good spot because he’s undergoing surgery, but it could have been a lot worse, a lot more injuries, a lot more permanent. He’s very lucky."

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Tigers • Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs. The shortstop was examined by Dr. Thomas Clanton, a foot and ankle specialist on Tuesday, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months. General manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the team is preparing to play the season without Iglesias.

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