Ellsbury placed back on disabled list with ongoing rib issue

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Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is headed back to the 15-day disabled list due to lingering discomfort in the area of his rib cage. 

The writing was on the wall when Ellsbury was lifted from Friday’s game and sent back to Boston for an MRI on his once-fractured ribs.  The Red Sox are still very much alive in the American League East, but it may be time to consider shutting the speedy outfielder down for the rest of the season.  He’s been playing in pain since April and isn’t likely to make a full recovery until he is allowed several consecutive months of rest.

Ellsbury, 26, has played in only 18 games in 2010 and has posted a measly .192/.241/.244 batting line when healthy.  He’s also swiped seven bases on eight attempts.

Young right-hander Michael Bowden has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding roster move and will be available out of the bullpen until Dustin Pedroia is activated next week.

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.