Jonathan Broxton’s first rehab inning: 1 run, 2 strikeouts

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Jonathan Broxton started his rehab assignment last night by allowing one run in one inning at Triple-A.

He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters, throwing 12 of 23 pitches for strikes.

Broxton hasn’t pitched since May 3 and was terrible before being shut down, so presumably the Dodgers will ask him to make more than just a couple appearances in the minors before rejoining the team even if they could use the bullpen help immediately.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Broxton will make his second appearance Thursday and manager Don Mattingly was non-committal when asked about the closer’s return.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.