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Aroldis Chapman to have steel plate implanted above left eye

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will have surgery Thursday to have a steel plate implanted above his left eye as a result of a fracture he suffered when he was hit in the face by a line drive during Wednesday's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals.

Team doctor Timothy Kremchek said the metal plate would remain in place permanently and that Chapman had a concussion but no other brain or eye injury.

"He's a very lucky guy," Kremcheck said.

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