Brandon Phillips out five days with elbow that “looks like a balloon”

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Brandon Phillips was hit on the elbow by a pitch last night and posted the following note on Twitter when he woke up this morning:

Woke up today and my elbow looks like a ballon… Can’t fully extend it!!!! I think I need an XRay… Please don’t let it be broken #Pray4Me

X-rays showed nothing broken, but Phillips later tweeted that he’s been diagnosed with “traumatic lateral epicondylitis” and “contusion to lateral extensor mechanism.”

He expects to miss five days, but we’ll pass along any more updates he posts on Twitter in the meantime.

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.