Dodgers call up pitching prospect Dennis Santana

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With Kenta Maeda straining his hip last night the Dodgers are going to need some pitching help. That help is going to come in the form of prospect Dennis Santana, who Fanrag Sports reports is being called up to Los Angeles.

Santana, a 22-year-old righty, was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop but has progressed nicely as a pitcher in the Dodgers system and is now generally considered to be one of the team’s top five prospects. He began the season in Double-A and has only spent about two weeks at Oklahoma City. Nonetheless, he has posted 2.54 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 16 walks in 49.2 innings in ten minor league starts.

Figure he’ll begin in the pen but, at some point, he could see some big league starts.

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.