Twins reliever Jose Mijares out four weeks after knee surgery

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Jose Mijares’ injured his right knee while covering first base Wednesday night and while he was able to walk off the field under his own power the left-handed reliever has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery.
He’s expected to miss at least four weeks, which is the latest blow to a Twins team that has climbed back into first place despite a tremendous number of injuries. Mijares had a poor first outing of the season back in early April, but has thrown 25 innings with a 2.16 ERA and 21/6 K/BB ratio since then to emerge as the Twins’ most trusted southpaw bullpen option.
Now they’ll have to turn to Ron Mahay in higher leverage situations and the Twins may keep Glen Perkins around as a second lefty reliever despite the fact that there’s nothing in his track record to suggest he’s a particularly good fit as a left-handed specialist.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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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.