Jon Niese exits Friday’s start due to an elevated heart rate

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Jon Niese left with one out in the sixth inning of Friday night’s start against the Astros due to an elevated heart rate, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. Rubin adds that this is not exactly a new symptom of Niese’s:

Obviously, a heart condition is never good, but the Mets have to be relieved that Niese isn’t dealing with more shoulder or elbow discomfort, as both have nagged Niese this season.

Niese had blanked the Astros over 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits while striking out four and issuing no walks. He wraps up his 2014 season with a 9-11 record, a 3.40 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and a 138/45 K/BB ratio — another productive season for the 27-year-old lefty.

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.