Cincinnati Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman hasn't been on the field for a while.
In fact he hasn't played at all yet this season.
But nobody would blame him for that; Chapman was hit in the face after Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez took a swing at one of the closer's fastballs and the line drive made devastating impact.
The Reds' flamethrower was quickly looked at and taken off the field leaving the other players in shock at the extent of the horrific injury which can be seen above.
That occurred in Spring Training and since then Chapman has been making a steady recovery and is reportedly preparing to make a comeback to the mound as as early as this Friday.
That would be a remarkable turnaround and the team couldn't be happier.
Reliever Sam LeCure says that it always helps to gain an All-Star level player without losing anyone else and he's right.
When Chapman is healthy and locates his pitches he is unable to hit against.
He is known for his extraordinarily fast pitches with record breaking speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour and if he gets back into the rhythm of things, he could really help this Cincinnati team which currently sits at 3rd in the National League L Central.
Chapman has already made rehab starts in Triple A, making thee appearances, two of which were highly impressive considering the circumstances so he will at least be playing with some innings under his belt when he returns for the Reds in the near future.
We'll have to see how the "Cuban Missile" looks this weekend.
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