Aledmys Diaz dealing with waning arm strength after thumb injury

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Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz missed about six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture in his right thumb. He returned on September 12 but manager Mike Matheny says Diaz’s throwing motion was off and that he’s been dealing with waning arm strength, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports.

Diaz was given Tuesday night off to receive treatment. The club is hoping he can return on Wednesday.

In 426 plate appearances this season, Diaz has hit .303/.368/.516 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI. He was a candidate — and still is — for the National League Rookie of the Year Award prior to the injury.

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.