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

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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 might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.