Dave Roberts has lymphoma

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Padres’ special assistant Dave Roberts — who is best known for his stolen base in the 2004 ALCS — has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roberts says the cancer was detected early and that the prognosis is good. He
has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy.

Good to hear that things seem optimistic as far as these things go. But as all doctor’s will tell you, keeping one’s spirits up is an important part of any medical treatment.  Accordingly, I hereby prescribe this, to be taken visually, three times a day.

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.