Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman had surgery Thursday night to repair a broken bone above his left eye and to insert a titanium plate to stabilize the fracture site. The operation, performed at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, lasted 2 1/2 hours, the Reds said.
In the sixth inning Wednesday night against the Royals, Chapman was hit by a Salvador Perez line drive and suffered fractures of his eye and nose and a mild concussion.
Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who called Chapman "very lucky" said the closer can begin working out and throwing in 10 to 14 days and could pitch in game conditions in four to six weeks. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a day or so, the Reds reported.