After visiting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, it was determined that Brett Anderson wouldn’t undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow. He’s scheduled for six weeks of rehab, with his first evaluation coming in three weeks.
Anderson, who opened the season with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts, complained of elbow soreness after getting lit up in a second straight outing June 5 by the Red Sox and was placed on the disabled list the next day. He served two stints on the DL last year due to elbow and forearm issues and ended up going 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts then.
The news that Anderson might return to contribute after the All-Star break makes it somewhat less likely that the A’s will turn into sellers over the next few weeks. They still might go that route, but since it doesn’t look like any team is going to run away with the AL West, they’re more likely to wait until the deadline before making any big decisions now.
Update: According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Anderson received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection to kick off his rehab on Monday.
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.