Adam Eaton underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery

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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on Thursday. Eaton has been on the disabled list since early April with an ankle injury. During the procedure, doctors discovered a chondral flap problem and removed it, so hopefully that addresses the pain Eaton had been feeling.

The Nationals don’t have a timetable for Eaton’s recovery, Janes adds. He will be immobilized for a week, then he will begin working his way back to good health. According to Janes, the Nationals believe Eaton suffered the injury on a slide into home plate. His ankle looked fine on scans because the cartilage flap laid flat. It showed when he moved on it.

Matt Adams, Howie Kendrick, and Andrew Stephenson will continue to split time in left field while Eaton is out. In eight games prior to the injury, Eaton it .345/.424/.655 with a pair of home runs and five RBI across 33 plate appearances.

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.