Adam Wainwright’s Game 5 availability in question

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Maybe not serious question, because you know if the Dodgers force a Game 5, Wainwright would want the ball unless he was literally on an operating table under anesthetic, and even then he’d still probably try to pitch. However, there’s a chance he may not. Derrick Goold of the Post-Disptach reports:

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny listed Lynn as a possible starter for a decisive Game 5 should the Dodgers force one with a victory tonight.

Wainwright is the planned starter, but the club wants to make sure it has an alternative if the soreness or stiffness that has complicated the second half intrudes on his availability.

At times in the second half he had a dead arm and battled some (for him) ineffectiveness, but you have to figure that it’d take something more serious than mere stiffness to keep him off the bump Thursday if he is needed.

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.