The Red Sox have been firing on all cylinders of late, but they’ll have to live without their $142 million left fielder for at least the next 15 days.
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Crawford suffered the injury in the first inning of last night’s game against the Brewers while beating out an infield single.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the decision a “no-brainer” after the team’s medical staff determined that Crawford would need to miss 10-14 days with a Grade 1 strain. Josh Reddick has been called up in a corresponding roster move and will likely share playing time in left field with Darnell McDonald, Mike Cameron and Drew Sutton during Crawford’s absence.
Crawford is batting .243/.275/.384 with six homers, 31 RBI and eight stolen bases over his first 277 plate appearances this season. While his overall numbers are underwhelming, he is batting .295 with a .794 OPS since the start of May.
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.