GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent a 21/2;-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.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent a 21/2;-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, a timetable that could get him back in games in late May. The 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."

The surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic.