Jose Fernandez throws for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald passes along the good news

Fernandez went under the knife on May 16 and he’s doubtful to rejoin the Marlins’ rotation until early-to-mid June of 2015. The 22-year-old ace had a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season before tearing the UCL in his right elbow. He boasts a sensational 2.25 ERA and 10.3 K/9 through 224 1/3 career major league innings.

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.