GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery Thursday 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 Wednesday night.
The team medical director, Dr. Timothy Kremchek, said Chapman could begin throwing off a mound in 6 to 8 weeks, a timetable that could get him back in games in late May. Chapman, a left-hander with a fastball that has reached 105 mph, could start exercising and throwing on flat ground 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 Chapman’s 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.
• Johnny Cueto was scratched because of a sore back, giving Cincinnati another concern about its pitching staff, but the Reds rallied for a 5-4 victory against Texas on Joey Votto’s bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning at Goodyear, Ariz.
YANKEES: Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI of his ailing right calf.
Ellsbury hasn’t played since March 14. He was scratched from Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of right calf tightness.
TIGERS: Shortstop Jose Iglesias will be out 4 to 6 months because of stress fractures in both legs.
Iglesias was examined by a specialist Tuesday and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in four months. Iglesias will be relegated to non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for the entire recovery period.
MARLINS: Second baseman Derek Dietrich broke his nose when he was struck in the face by a bad-hop single during a 4-3 victory against St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla.
Dietrich was hit by Jon Jay’s batted ball that hopped up at him while setting up for a double play in the fifth. Dietrich, who walked off the field holding a towel to his face, didn’t need stitches.
He said he was day to day.
BLUE JAYS: Jose Bautista extended his torrid spring training with a double and Esmil Rogers gave up one run in five innings as Toronto beat a Philadelphia split squad 3-1 at Clearwater, Fla.
Bautista went 1 for 3 and is hitting .359 with five homers, four doubles and 11 RBI. Erik Kratz homered twice and was 3 for 3, and Moises Sierra also connected for Toronto.
BRAVES: Pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery Friday in his right elbow for the second time and is expected to miss the entire season.
Beachy’s ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2012, and Beachy returned to go 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings over five starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 last summer.
• Ervin Santana allowed one run over two innings in his spring-training debut for Atlanta, a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
PHILLIES: Outfielder Darin Ruf strained his left oblique muscle during batting practice and was scratched from the lineup.
Ruf was scheduled to bat third for the Phillies’ split-squad game against Houston. Steve Susdorf replaced him in left field and batted ninth.
ROCKIES: Juan Nicasio retired his first seven batters before control problems hit, Boone Logan struggled in his Colorado debut and Milwaukee won 4-3 at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nicasio walked two in the fourth and they scored on Caleb Gindl’s double. He allowed consecutive doubles in the sixth and exited with two outs.
MARINERS: Robinson Cano had two more hits and Erasmo Ramirez pitched four-hit ball for six innings, enhancing his chance of earning a spot in the rotation and helping Seattle beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 at Mesa, Ariz.
Ramirez has a 0.96 ERA.
ANGELS: Albert Pujols and Mike Trout homered to back Jered Weaver and help Los Angeles beat Kansas City 3-2 at Surprise, Ariz.
• The Angels dealt first baseman Matt Scioscia, the son of Manager Mike Scioscia, to the Cubs for outfielder Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky.
NATIONALS: Stephen Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out five in five scoreless innings, helping Washington beat Detroit 8-1 at Viera, Fla.
ORIOLES: Starter Bud Norris gave up a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen, then settled in and helped Baltimore beat Pittsburgh 4-2 at Bradenton, Fla.
RAYS: Evan Longoria hit a two-run double and Cesar Ramos looked sharp on the mound, sending Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory against Minnesota at Port Charlotte, Fla.