Nationals place Mike Morse on the disabled list

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morse hugging.JPGThe Nationals placed outfielder Mike Morse on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left calf injury, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.

Morse had been making a push for the starting right field job in Washington until he was injured Thursday while going after a fly ball.  He’s 1-for-6 on the year, as it stands, with no walks and three strikeouts.

Willie Harris and Willy Taveras are expected to platoon in right for at least the next two weeks, and perhaps longer.  The Nationals aren’t overly concerned about Morse’s injury, but it’s tough for an outfielder to shake off a calf injury with so much ground to cover.  That said, the 28-year-old should be back during the month of May.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.