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Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Justin Masterson To Minor League Deal

Justin Masterson, after a 2016 season plagued with shoulder injuries in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system, sets out for a fresh start signing a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2017 Season.

Justin Masterson has re-entered the world of Major League Baseball. The former Cleveland Indians all star has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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The Kingston, Jamaica native suffered off and on from shoulder injuries last season before being granted free agency by the Pirates minor league affiliate in Indianapolis last November. 

Masterson's career spanned eight seasons from 2008 to 2015. He started 34 games for the Cleveland Indians as a 27 year old in 2012, peaking the following year with a 3.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 2013, leading to his only All-Star Game appearance with the Tribe. He ended his final Major League stint with the same team that drafted him, the Boston Red Sox. However after making just nine starts and ending the season with a 4-2 record with a 5.61 ERA, the Red Sox released him on August 10, 2015.

After multiple bouts with shoulder tendinitis flare ups in his right shoulder, Masterson is looking for a fresh start with a team who needs a deep bench for pitching after finding seven members of their pitching staff on the disabled list late in the 2016 campaign.  


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