Jason Heyward’s thumb is OK. Sorta.

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The only thing that gives me pause about Jason Heyward’s career prospects is the sneaking sense that he’s going to be injury prone.  He had a nagging sore knee at the end of the year.  And, of course, he had the ligament issue in his thumb in the middle of the season that probably cost him the Rookie of the Year award.

The thumb was more serious, and Heyward says he’s swinging a bat pain-free. Still, it’s not perfect:

“I don’t have any pain in it, but I still don’t have the full range of motion in it. I still can’t bend it anywhere close to where it was before.  I don’t know if I ever will be able to do that.  But I know it’s not holding me back from hitting.”

It’s probably nothing. How much does one really move their thumb when hitting anyway?  But I worry that he’s going to have nagging injuries.  And no, this is not backed up with any empirical evidence whatsoever.  This is a 100% emotional reaction.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.