Braves place Mike Soroka on disabled list with strained shoulder

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The Braves announced on Thursday that starter Mike Soroka has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14, with a strained right shoulder. Pitcher Max Fried has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Thursday night’s game against the Cubs.

Soroka, 20, dominated in his major league debut on May 1 against the Mets, but struggled in his two starts since, giving up four runs in four innings to the Giants and five runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings against the Marlins. Soroka is the Braves’ No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Fried, 24, has pitched just four innings in the big leagues this year, yielding four runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Three of those hits are homers. The lefty has a combined 2.75 ERA in 19 2/3 innings between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

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.