The Giants basically ruled catcher Buster Posey out for the rest of the 2011 season following his late-May surgery to repair a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligaments in his left ankle.
But life goes on, and Posey was cleared by team physicians this week to begin doing light workouts.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the 24-year-old exercised on a stationary bike Wednesday for the first time since his season-ending home plate collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey wore a protective boot while pedaling, but progress is progress.
“It was nice to get a little sweat going,” the rehabbing backstop told the Chronicle.
Posey, the fifth overall pick in 2008, batted .284/.368/.389 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 45 games this season. He won Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 after finishing with an .862 OPS and 18 homers.
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.