General manager Brian Cashman said last night that Derek Jeter was on track to come off the disabled list early next week and now the Associated Press reports that the injured shortstop is scheduled to be back in the Yankees’ lineup Monday.
Before that happens Jeter will have to avoid a setback with his calf injury while playing in minor-league rehab games Saturday and Sunday, but returning Monday would give him a chance to make a run at 3,000 hits in Yankee Stadium before the All-Star break is followed by an eight-game road trip.
Jeter is currently six hits short of the milestone and has been out since June 13 despite initially saying he wanted to avoid the DL and play through the injury. He was eligible to return yesterday, so clearly forcing the DL stint was the right call by the Yankees.
Jeter, who posted career-worst marks in batting average (.260), on-base percentage (.324), and slugging percentage (.324) in 62 games prior to the injury, went through full workouts yesterday and reported no problems.
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.