Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Brewers’ broadcaster Bob Uecker underwent a second successful heart surgery today at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The second procedure was necessary because Uecker developed a tear at the site of his valve replacement performed in late April.
“On behalf of the entire Brewers organization, we are relieved to know that Bob’s latest surgery went as planned, and we look forward to his complete and speedy recovery,” said Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio. “As always, we look forward to having Bob back at spring training in a little more than four months from now.”
“Our family is thankful today’s surgery went as expected,” said Bob Uecker, Jr., son of the Hall of Fame broadcaster. “We again thank all of those who continue to provide support through expressions of concern and well wishes.”
Get well soon, Bob. We all look forward to seeing you in the booth again next season.
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.