Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco played most of the 2010 season with a painful bone chip in his left elbow. He also struggled with back problems near the end of the year and into October. One of those ailments will be taken care of Friday.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Polanco is scheduled to have bone fragments removed from his elbow and will also have his extensor tendon repaired.
It’s a fairly major combination of procedures, but all signs point to him being fine for the start of spring training next year.
Polanco posted a .298/.339/.386 batting line in 554 at-bats this past season, tallying six home runs, five steals and 52 RBI. As always, he also showed great range in the infield with an Ultimate Zone Rating of 13.5.
The 35-year-old will earn $5.25 million in 2011, $6.25 million in 2012 and carries a $5.5 million mutual option for 2013.
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.