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

Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 27: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians during the interleague game at Great American Ball Park on May 27, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 4-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Some good news from Arizona this morning:

Price: Chapman was up and joking with Brayan Pena this morning. They expect a full recovery. #reds

— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014

Pena: Chapman wants to make sure everyone knows he’s appreciates the prayers. #reds

— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014

Pena: He was telling Cuban jokes. That means his memory is good. #reds

— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014

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.