Roy Oswalt to rejoin Phillies’ rotation Sunday versus Giants

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Two solid rehab starts convinced the Phillies that Roy Oswalt is ready to return from a six-week back injury, so they’ll activate him from the disabled list for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

Oswalt last pitched on June 23, allowing four runs in two innings, and once he was placed on the DL speculation started about the back problems potentially forcing him into retirement.

Instead his fastball was reportedly clocked in the low-90s during six innings of two-run ball Monday at Triple-A, with Oswalt saying afterward that he “feels great” and is no longer in any pain.

Kyle Kendrick did a very nice job filling in for Oswalt, throwing 40 innings with a 3.15 ERA despite just 20 strikeouts, but he’ll likely be pushed back to the bullpen while Vance Worley remains a starter.

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.