MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that Jeremy Hellickson will make his Nationals debut on Monday when the club opens up a three-game series against the Mets in New York. Hellickson will oppose Jacob deGrom.
Hellickson is taking the rotation spot of the struggling A.J. Cole, who has given up 12 runs in nine innings across two starts to begin the season. There is a chance Cole could be sent down to Triple-A on Monday when the Nationals need to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for Hellickson.
The Nationals signed Hellickson to a minor league deal in mid-March, then re-signed him to a new minor league deal at the end of the month. Last season between the Phillies and Orioles, Hellickson put up a 5.43 ERA with a 96/47 K/BB ratio in 164 innings of work.
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.