Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was placed on the disabled list on July 20 with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin and told that he would miss four-to-five weeks. Things haven’t run as smoothly with his rehab as the Yankees would have liked, but progress is being made now.
According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, Pettitte threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Sunday and reported feeling great afterward.
“I heated it up pretty good,” he said. “I just felt good.”
Pettitte, 38, thinks he can be ready in two weeks. He will return to a stellar 11-2 record, 2.88 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, and will play a major role down the stretch for the Yanks, who are tied for first place with the Rays in the American League East.
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.