Marlins reliever Randy Choate shut down with elbow injury

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Randy Choate has done his usual solid work as the Marlins’ left-handed specialist, posting a 1.82 ERA while holding left-handed hitters to a .145 batting average, but it sounds like the 35-year-old reliever won’t pitch again this season.

Choate, who logged a grand total of just 25 innings in 54 appearances because of his specialist usage, was placed on the disabled list yesterday with elbow inflammation and replied “I doubt it” when asked about returning before 2012.

“I would love to pitch some more, but I don’t want to do anything stupid,” Choate told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. “I’d rather be completely healed for next season.”

Which makes sense, because the Marlins are 15 games out of a playoff spot and Choate is under contract for $1.5 million in 2012.

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.