Reds relieved following Chapman's surgery

Reds relieved following Chapman's surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There was a level of relief for the Reds after closer Aroldis Chapman had surgery Thursday evening to repair the fractures sustained when he was hit in the face by a line drive.

Chapman, who had fractures above the left eye and nose after being hit by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday, could begin working out in 10-14 days and may be ready to pitch in game conditions in four to six weeks.

"It certainly is better than expected," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "You always fear the worst-case scenario in that situation. It was a very traumatic experience for Aroldis and the rest of us. We're happy that our doctors are so optimistic the surgery went well and he should be back on the field relatively quickly considering."

Chapman posted two pictures from the hospital on his Instagram account. One of them showed him in bed making a peace sign. The other, which was more graphic, was an up-close photo of the staples that dotted his head from the surgery.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.