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Phillies activate Domonic Brown from DL, send him to Triple-A

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Rather than keep him on a minor-league rehab assignment for his fractured hamate bone, the Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the disabled list yesterday and then optioned him to Triple-A.

That means he’ll continue to play in the minors, but will do so as a Triple-A player rather than a rehabbing big leaguer.

While perhaps not the most important distinction, the Phillies could have allowed him to rehab for another couple weeks and choosing to simply assign him to Triple-A instead stops him from accumulating MLB service time and suggests they aren’t planning to call him up to the majors any time soon.

Or as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:

I’m not going to bring Domonic Brown up just to bring Domonic Brown. We’re going to bring Domonic Brown up when he’s ready to play in the big leagues and he’s ready to contribute.

Brown is among the elite prospects in baseball and absolutely destroyed Double-A and Triple-A pitching last season at age 22, but he struggled in sporadic action with the Phillies down the stretch and right now Ben Francisco is doing a solid job as the everyday right fielder

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.