The full extent of the injury suffered by Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been hinted at by the player himself.

Chapman tweeted the image above after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye.

The procedure was required after he had been struck in the face by a line drive which registered a staggering 110mph earlier this week. 

The gruesome image shows the incision required by the medical staff to insert a titanium plate to stabilise the fracture.

The process reportedly took two and a half hours and was undertaken by surgeons at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

The plate will remain there permanently.

Despite the brutal looking injury Chapman could be out of hospital within the next couple of days and could be back pitching in 10 to 14 days - and game conditions four weeks later.

The man who hit the 110mph ball which ended up making contact with Chapman, Royals' Salvador Perez, has spoken to the MLB man on thursday morning and Chapman insisted there were no hard feelings.

To see the reason for the surgery click here.

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