Stephen Strasburg experiences discomfort during bullpen session

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The Nats have the edge in the NLDS, but if they get past the Dodgers they may have to continue their World Series quest without Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg pitched a bullpen session yesterday but stopped it early after feeling some discomfort. Strasburg has been out since early September with a tear in the pronator tendon of his elbow so, presumably, it was his elbow that was barking.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker downplayed it all today, but the Nationals were hoping that Strasburg would be available to pitch if they reached the NLCS. Now that plan is in question.

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.