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Aroldis Chapman joking, expected to make full recovery, but needs plate in his head

Mar 20, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

Some good news from Arizona this morning:

Fay goes on to report that Chapman may have minor surgery to deal with swelling around his eye and the possible insertion of a plate, and that he could be released from the hospital as soon as Saturday. He’s not expected to pitch, however, for six to eight weeks. According to the AP, a metal plate will be inserted in the bone above his left eyebrow, with perhaps a bone graft as well, and will remain there permanently.

That’s certainly good to hear. And as soon as we know 100% that Chapman is OK, we should totally have a share-your-favorite-Cuban-jokes thread.

  1. cur'68 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Well, thank Dog for that. And I’m certain the most relieved person to hear this will be Sally Perez.

    • El Bravo - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Dog the Bounty Hunter?

      • cur'68 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Dag The Border Collie. Much better smelling than any mullet clad bounty hunter.

      • El Bravo - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    • stex52 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Agreed, Cur. Not to put down what Chapman went through. But in the long run Perez may be the most traumatized by this.

      • NatsLady - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        I don’t if you recall when Ian Desmond’s comebacker hit Juan Nicasio and he broke his neck. I thought the same–that it was going to take Desi a good long time to get those images out of his mind’s eye.

        Here is the video, but don’t watch if you are squeamish.

        http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=53c_1312739211

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Good lord, NatsLady, the universe doesn’t revolve around the Gnats, why do you feel the need to try to relate every story posted on here to them? It’s good to see Chapman seems to be doing better. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the Washington baseball team.

      • largebill - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        babyfarkmcgeezax,

        She isn’t saying this has anything to do with the Nationals. She is relating another similar case where a liner up the middle hit a pitcher which is relevant. Most of us when something serious happens in baseball think back to a similar situation involving out favorite team.

      • jjschiller - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        The Nats have pitchers.. Oh, and sometimes that Nats hit it up the middle!

  2. contraryguy - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    All Reds fans cautiously optimistic now, but what a shock this was.

    BTW, another Reds journo, C Trent Rosecrans, reporting that Chapman will have plate put in today, per team doctor. (via Twitter @ctrent).

  3. josemartez - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Massively good news.

  4. rbj1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Excellent.

  5. jm91rs - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I have no idea how a guy goes back out to the mound after something like this. The mental recovery has to be as hard as te physical one.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      because most pitchers are crazy in the first place! Less to recover, mentally.

      I kid, I kid.

      HUGE best wishes for a speedy and 102% (and 102MPH) recovery for Chapman.

      • nbjays - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        “because most pitchers are crazy in the first place! Less to recover, mentally”

        Bill Lee totally agrees with you.

    • coloradothistle - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      See one Juan Nicasio, Colorado Rockies. From broken neck on August 5, 2011 to vying for a spot in the rotation again this year. These guys are tough (and maybe a little crazy).

      • NatsLady - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        I will never forget that. (Video posted earlier in this thread).

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Mussina said it was the reason he did that little hop at the end of his delivery. He got hit once and decided it was from not being in the proper landing position. The hop got him ready for a comebacker.

      • larrythecat5 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Great call. Remember Kirk Reuter? Ol’ Woody had the perfect follow through that left him squared-up to the plate and he was an excellent defender.

  6. jkcalhoun - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Very good to hear this.

  7. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Jose Canseco.. There’s about as bad a Cuban joke as you will find.

    • indaburg - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      I thought we were going to wait until he was 100% ok to start the Cuban jokes? Pay attention to the rules, people.

      Here’s hoping for a full recovery and lots of corny Cuban jokes.

  8. number42is1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Jokes, eh? I bet it went something like this

    “Man i have not been hit in the head with balls that hard since…”

    but… you know… in Cuban

  9. zdravit - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    It’s OK to joke about this now? Did he died? LOLZ

  10. historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    And now I miss Pena all over again…

  11. deminizer - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Hopefully he has a speedy recovery.

  12. annapterp - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    But does he have seams from the baseball still on his face? He would be a true “seamhead” if so.

    Seriously, glad to know he’ll be ok. That was ugly!

  13. musketmaniac - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    it was dags, love the god/dog conversation. personally I do not allow either in my home. One shyts all over the rug, the other shyts over everything else.

  14. sportsdrenched - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Good to hear. I’ve had that same surgery after a Mt climbing accident. 6-8 weeks is about right for a recovery. And while the surgery was outpatient 20 years ago, I wouldn’t call it minor. He’s going to feel it in his eye balls anytime the weather changes for the rest of his life.

  15. florida76 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Obviously great news, but with a couple of caveats. First, even if Chapman returns in six weeks, his absence will cost the Reds wins. And for a team expected to battle for a wildcard berth, that’s significant.

    Also, we have no idea about the lingering result of this serious injury, whether Chapman will ever be the same. Others have had their careers affected.

  16. sportsfan69 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    It’s great here that Chappy will be OK. Let’s him back in the beginning of June.

  17. jimeejohnson - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    It takes HUGE cajones to take that mound, again, after something like this. Chapman is the definition of courage.

  18. natsattack - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Well, at least he won’t be too bored while not playing.
    Hope for a speedy recovery.

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