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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game. Team doctor Timothy Kremchek said Chapman could be playing again in six to eight weeks. The left-hander with a fastball that has reached 105 mph hopefully will start exercising and throwing in a couple of weeks, Kremchek said. The doctor called Chapman "a very lucky guy." Kremchek said a metal plate will be inserted in the bone above his left eyebrow, with perhaps a bone graft as well, and will remain there permanently. Chapman has a very mild concussion but no other brain injury and no injury to his eye, Kremchek said. "Hes feeling better and he has some pain management. Were optimistic that he is going to be on the mend," Reds manager Bryan Price said after meeting with players Thursday morning at the teams spring training facility. "Obviously, well stay in touch. We will make sure we follow the process as we continue to get familiar with the injury itself. We will let him know how much support he has and that we care about him. Hopefully, we will see him here very soon." Catcher Brayan Pena, a fellow Cuban and Chapmans close friend, was one of several Reds players who visited the injured pitcher Wednesday night and spoke to him on the phone Thursday morning. "He was talking to me and we joked a lot," Pena said. "He just wanted to make sure for me to tell everybody that he appreciate so much the fans prayers, especially our teammates, our coaching staff, everybody around, how much support and how much love he received and got from all of us." Pena said Chapman was very happy when they spoke Thursday, "talking and joking. He was talking a lot about some Cuban jokes and thats good because that means his memory is still working pretty good." The frightening incident, widely available on video via the Internet, occurred in the sixth inning of Wednesday night game at Kansas Citys spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., when the Royals Salvador Perez lined Chapmans 99 mph fastball into the pitchers face. Chapman was knocked backward to the ground, then rolled on his face, kicking in pain. Pena rushed to the mound. "Honestly when I saw it I wanted to cry," Pena said. "That was my first feeling because it was very scary. It was very scary because I saw the line drive going straight for his face, and then I saw him bleeding and kicking and moving around the way he was." Pena said Chapman "wasnt even talking. He was just like moaning and making sounds and then when I got there I panicked because I didnt know what else to do. Then the medical staff guys got there, and those guys were great." Chapman was taken off the field in a stretcher as the crowd fell into an eerie silence and the game was called off. The pitcher was taken to a nearby hospital, then transferred to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. Kremchek said he expected Chapman to remain hospitalized for a couple of days, perhaps being released on Saturday. The ball hit Chapman in one of the most protected areas of the skull, the doctor said. "If you get hit in the side of the head, that could be disastrous," Kremchek said. "Where Aroldis got hit, you dont want to say he got hit in a good spot because hes undergoing surgery, but it could have been a lot worse, a lot more injuries, a lot more permanent. Hes very lucky." The 26-year-old Chapman has a fastball that regularly tops 100 mph. The two-time All-Star defected from Cuba in 2009 and made the Reds club in his first season of 2010. He had 38 saves each of the past two seasons, with 122 strikeouts in 71 2-3 innings in 2012 and 112 strikeouts in 63 2-3- innings in 2013. Price, a former pitcher, said pitchers are in a dangerous situation, "regardless of how hard you throw." "Its hard to defend yourself from 53, 54 feet," the manager said. "And everyone finishes their pitches differently. Everyone is not in a perfect fielding position and even if you are there is no guarantee that you can protect yourself when a balls hit that hard." Major League Baseball approved a protective cap for pitchers this winter following several terrifying scenes similar to this one in the last few years. The hats were available for testing during spring training on a voluntary basis but most have rejected them. Besides, the hats would offer no protection to the face, where Chapman was hit. Chapman particularly wanted to thank the Royals organization for its support and offer assurance to Perez that it is just something that happens in baseball and was not his fault. Pena said he also felt some responsibility. "I kind of blame myself a little bit because I could have called slider or I should have called changeup," Pena said. "Thats your thought process. Everything goes through your mind and youre looking for answers. ... You kind of put yourself in that guilt feeling." But Chapman, Pena said, told him "You know, its not your fault. I should have thrown slower. Im the one feeling very bad about it and hes the one thats cheering me up. Hes the one in the hospital." Authentic Tyler Bertuzzi Jersey . -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons. Cheap Adidas Detroit Red Wings Jerseys . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. http://www.cheapredwingsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-sergei-fedorov-jersey . "Its embarrassing what were doing here," leading scorer Phil Kessel said Wednesday. 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"It is disappointing because we lost today so thats the worst part of the day," said Valanciunas, who left Tuesdays game with a lower-back sprain in the third quarter, missing the rest of Torontos 118-113 overtime defeat at the hands of the Hawks.Next Thursday, if not before, the Ottawa Senators are expected to sign Daniel Alfredsson to a one-day contract. It makes sense as part of a tribute to their former captain on the day hes chosen to retire from the National Hockey League. In a city where hes beloved, he will retire as a Senator. The details of the contract signing and retirement party are still being finalized by the Senators, who will be recognizing the most impactful player in team history. The late John Ferguson Sr. is credited for spotting Alfredsson in a club game, playing for Frolunda in Sweden in the fall of 1993. Then-general manager Randy Sexton recalled Fergusons excitement over a player he described as a perfect combination of skill, hockey sense, grit and character. Sexton even made the voyage to Sweden later that season to watch Alfredsson, to see for himself if this talented late-bloomer fit the model of the player they were hoping to build their team with. And after watching him play just a couple of times, he knew Alfredsson was what Ottawa was looking for. Only Sexton didnt know where Alfredsson should be selected on their list of potential draft picks. In April 1994, mere weeks before the NHL Entry Draft at the Hartford Civic Center, Sexton received another call from Ferguson. Sexton says Fergie couldnt contain his excitement. Great news, Ferguson said. Alfredsson has mono, no one else is going to see him at the Worlds. Perhaps, a kiss of fate. The Senators sat quietly, but anxiously at their draft table as the rounds ticked away, with their NHL rivals seemingly unaware of Alfredssons ability. Ottawa selected centre Radek Bonk third overall, defenceman Stanislav Neckar in Round 2, and goaltender Bryan Masotta in the fourth round before their gamble finally paid off. The Senators called Alfredssons name in the sixth round, 133rd overall, and the legend was born. Alfredsson was an instant success, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year in 1995-96. He went to enjoy a glorious career in Ottawa setting franchise records in goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). His relentless work ethic became the identity of the Ottawa Senators. Former Toronto Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker fondly remembers the fierce rivalry he shared with Alfredsson in The Battle of Ontario. Through much of his career, Tucker worre his heart on his sleeve and played - at times - with reckless abandon.dddddddddddd But as feisty as he could be in their head-to-head match ups, Tucker says Alfredsson shouldnt be remembered as being squeaky clean. He was a lot more greasy than people think, Tucker told The Dreger Report. He didnt mind sticking you and then would laugh about it, but thats playoff hockey. It was good old-fashioned fun. Following last weeks Dreger Report acknowledging Alfredsson had decided he wasnt going to play this season and retirement seemed imminent, Tucker added a dose of humour, via twitter, that requires a follow-up. - Guess I should book my trip to Ottawa Dec.4th Im sure Alfie would want me there on the big day #waitingbythephone This tweet ignited feedback from friends, fans and media who assumed Tucker was playfully taking a swipe at Alfredsson, who in Game 5 of the second round of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, injured Tucker with a hit from behind before scoring the game-winning goal. The Leafs went on to win the series in seven games and while Tucker says he has great respect for Alfredsson, his tweet wasnt specific to that hit. It was simply a tongue-in-cheek joke about rivalry. I dont care about that hit at all, he said. Live and die by the sword. Tucker did, however, care about that hit at the start of the 2002-2003 season and admits he went out of his way to take Alfredsson out the first time the two faced each other. To the point, Tucker said, then-Leaf coach Pat Quinn called him into his office after the game to settle him down. Pat said, You dont have to get him on your first shift. I waited 12 years to get Tom Lysiak, so you better take a deep breath. Every game during that era of The Battle of Ontario meant something and as far as the Leafs were was concerned. To beat the Senators, you had to cut the head off of the snake. And Alfredsson was viewed as the snake. On Thursday in Ottawa, the bad taste left in the mouths of those still bitter (over the contract squabble that ended with Alfredssons decision to bolt for Detroit) will be washed away by his homecoming and a future in the Senators front office that will likely take shape in time for next season. Have a great weekend and look forward to another edition of Insider Trading on Tuesday on SportsCentre and TSN.ca. Jerseys NFL China Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Discount Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China China NCAA Jerseys Cheap Cheap Nike Dolphins Jerseys Cheap Nike Patriots Jerseys Cheap Nike Jets Jerseys Cheap Nike Bengals Jerseys Cheap Nike Browns Jerseys Cheap Nike Steelers Jerseys Cheap Nike Texans Jerseys Cheap Nike Colts Jerseys Cheap Nike Jaguars Jerseys Cheap Nike Titans Jerseys Cheap Nike Broncos Jerseys ' ' '

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