As expected, the Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with ongoing lower back problems.
Ramirez hasn’t played since May 29 and revealed that the back soreness is so bad that it kept him from being able to put on his shoes, calling it “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life.” All of which makes it hard to believe he’ll be ready to come off the DL when eligible on June 14.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that this is the first time Ramirez has been placed on the DL in his six-year career. He’s played in 806 of a possible 866 games since debuting with the Marlins in 2006, leading all MLB shortstops with an .889 OPS during that time.
However, Ramirez hadn’t been himself this season, hitting just .210 with a .615 OPS through 48 games, although even that is more or less the same as fill-in shortstop Emilio Bonafacio’s career .634 OPS.
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.