Mike Lowell had surgery on his thumb on Wednesday, and it was horribly unsuccessful. The thumb was accidentally cut off by surgeons, and in their haste to fix the error, they sewed it back on the wrong hand.
Just kidding, folks. Lowell did have surgery (I wasn’t kidding about that) but as the headline on Peter Abraham’s Boston Globe story says, it was, indeed “a success.”
According to the report, Lowell was discovered to have “a 95-percent tear in the radial collateral ligament in his thumb.”
He’ll head home to Florida and enter what is expected to be 6-8 weeks of recovery time. The Red Sox hope he will ready for “baseball activities” during spring training, presumably so they can look into finding someone to take his $12 million contract off their hands. Rangers still interested?
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.