Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent a 2½-hour operation 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.
Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman could begin throwing off a mound in six to eight weeks. Chapman also has a mild concussion, but the doctor called him "a very lucky guy."
"He's feeling better and he has some pain management," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
In the sixth inning of Wednesday's game, Kansas City's Salvador Perez lined Chapman's 99 mph fastball into the pitcher's face. Chapman was taken off the field in a stretcher, and the game was called off.
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. "He's a very lucky guy."
Masters champion Adam Scott made five putts from 20 feet or longer, two of them for eagle, and tied the Bay Hill (Fla.) course record with a 10-under 62 to build a three-stroke lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "I made a lot of putts," said Scott, who was coping with flu-like symptoms. "I hit a lot of nice shots, too." Ryo Ishikawa and John Merrick shot 65s. Bubba Watson hit three shots into the water on the par-5 sixth and made an 11. He shot 83 and withdrew.
Bernard Tomic lost the shortest completed ATP match on record (since 1991), lasting only 28 minutes at the Sony Open in his first tournament since undergoing surgery on both hips. Ending a two-month layoff, Tomic won just 13 points and lost to Jarkko Nieminen 6-0, 6-1 in Key Biscayne, Fla. In women's play, Serena Williams ousted Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (7), 6-2, and Maria Sharapova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-4.