Jaime Garcia throws two innings in comeback from shoulder injury

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As soon as Jaime Garcia opted for rest and rehab instead of surgery there were questions about how his shoulder would hold up this season, but the Cardinals left-hander took a big step in his recovery yesterday.

Garcia tossed two shutout innings against the Red Sox and afterward told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that “it went real well.”

Garcia threw 43 pitches in two innings, so it wasn’t exactly a smooth outing, but as manager Mike Matheny told Goold: “I’m not dissecting everything he’s doing … I’m just watching him go out there and do his thing.”

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.