By Jon Tayler
March 21, 2014

Aroldis Chapman appeared in 68 games for the Reds last season, with 38 saves. (Al Behrman/AP)Aroldis Chapman appeared in 68 games for the Reds last season, converting 38 saves. (Al Behrman/AP)

Aroldis Chapman had surgery today to insert a metal plate into his face after suffering multiple fractures from a line drive to the face Wednesday night. The Reds' closer is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, though the broken bones will keep him off a mound for at least the next six weeks.

Nonetheless, Chapman escaped more serious injury (aside from the fractures, he also suffered a mild concussion, but avoided brain and eye damage), and apparently is feeling good enough to share a photo of himself from after his two-and-a-half hour surgery, which you can find below. Warning: He got a lot of staples put into his head. Like, a lot a lot.


Chapman posted that photo on his Instagram account, along with a message to his fans in Spanish: "My people: All is good, thank God. We've escaped problems. I'm here waiting for them to give me the go-ahead."

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