Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who took a line drive to the face while pitching in a spring training game is resting comfortably, after under going surgery to place a metal plate in in face to hold his fractured bones together.

Chapman, had multiple fractures after being hit by the line drive. His doctors are saying the Reds closer could return to the mound in 4-6 weeks. He will heal physically, but will he be mentally ready to return to the game of baseball.

The physical scares will heal, but the mental damage could leave Chapman thinking about getting injured again. It is going to take a lot of time for Aroldis to overcome this injury in his mind.

We have seen the mental scars that leave players wounded in the past take years to heal. Chapman was one of the Reds best pitchers coming out of the bullpen. Whether or not he will have to same mental edge he had before this injury, is something people are going to have to wait and see.

Chapman has a long road ahead of him. He has to find a way to forget about what happened to him, and that isn’t going to be easy after this traumatic injury.

One thing we do know is Chapman is a fighter. He will fight to get over the mental trauma of this injury, but that  could be easier said than done.

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