Jason Heyward hoping to rejoin lineup tomorrow

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Jason Heyward sat out games Sunday and Monday because of shin splints, but was able to take batting practice this morning and manager Bobby Cox indicated that he could return to the lineup as soon as tomorrow.
Prior to the shin splints Heyward had the Grapefruit League buzzing by going 17-for-49 (.347) with several cars smashed by monstrous home runs to win the Braves’ right field job (and Craig Calcaterra’s heart) at age 20 and with all of 50 games above Single-A.
For more on the best position player prospect in baseball, check out my “What kind of damage can Jason Heyward do as a 20-year-old rookie?” analysis from last week.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.