Ted Lilly exits start with stiffness on left side of neck

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers starter Ted Lilly had to be removed from Saturday’s game against the Rockies due to stiffness on the left side of his neck.

Lilly told reporters that he has been bothered by the neck discomfort since sleeping awkwardly a few days ago in Milwaukee. The pain got worse and worse as Saturday’s start rolled on, and he departed with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The veteran southpaw allowed three earned runs on three hits, striking out five but issuing three walks.

The Dodgers are hopeful that Lilly will feel well enough to make his next scheduled start.

Lilly, 35, has posted a 4.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 117/35 K/BB ratio through 149 1/3 innings this season.

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.