Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was clocked straight in the face by a line drive during the spring training game against Kansas City Royals, which left the closer requiring treatment on the pitch for 11 minutes.
Chapman sustained breaks in bone above his left eye and his nose after being struck by a 110mph hit from Salvador Perez with two outs in the sixth inning, while the batter was left in tears as he saw the stricken left-hander stretchered away from the field.
Managers Bryan Price and Ned Yost met with umpires after Chapman had been carted away, and took what seemed like the most sensible decision to cancel the game with both sets of players and staff clearly stunned.
"It was one of the more frightening and non-fun moments I've been a part of on the baseball field," said Jay Bruce of the Reds.
The good news for Chapman, though, was that the injuries he suffered were not more serious, with the 26-year-old remaining conscious through treatment despite the velocity of the blow he absorbed.
Chapman spent a night for observation at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center while teammate Brandon Phillips, who paid a visit, said the Cuban was ‘doing better’ and had been smiling.