Aroldis Chapman carted off field after taking liner to head, diagnosed with facial fractures

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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Wednesday night in a Cactus League game and needed to be carted off the field.

Medical personnel ran immediately out to the mound when Chapman went down and the hard-throwing left-hander’s father soon followed. A stretcher came out and Chapman was rolled onto it with a backboard.

Here are reports from beat writers on-site, including C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, and Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star

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A promising update here from Rosecrans, who’s reporting from the Reds’ clubhouse …

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Possibly the final update of the night, from the Reds’ official Twitter account …

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Tests were run right away and an early diagnosis is in. Via the Reds’ official Twitter feed …

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.