Aroldis Chapman joking, expected to make full recovery, but needs plate in his head


Some good news from Arizona this morning:

Fay goes on to report that Chapman may have minor surgery to deal with swelling around his eye and the possible insertion of a plate, and that he could be released from the hospital as soon as Saturday. He’s not expected to pitch, however, for six to eight weeks. According to the AP, a metal plate will be inserted in the bone above his left eyebrow, with perhaps a bone graft as well, and will remain there permanently.

That’s certainly good to hear. And as soon as we know 100% that Chapman is OK, we should totally have a share-your-favorite-Cuban-jokes thread.

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.