Uh-oh. While Carlos Gonzalez returned to the Rockies’ starting lineup last night after missing four straight games with a right wrist contusion, he told Troy Renck of the Denver Post after the game that he felt increased pain as the night wore on.
“In batting practice, you don’t have to swing 100 percent,’’ said Gonzalez. “With game speed, you have to speed it up a little bit. I got a fastball inside and was trying to turn, and it started hurting.’’
Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return. He appeared in obvious discomfort after coming up empty-handed on a dive to catch a fly ball off the bat off Mike Morse in the top of the ninth inning. That’s the picture to your right, by the way. CarGo’s comments to Renck after the game weren’t exactly encouraging.
“I was already in pain, so I can’t tell. I was just trying to get a bunt single at the end, my wrist was in so much pain.’’
Gonzalez said he would wait to see how he feels today before determining whether he can stay in the lineup, but it might be best to just shut him down through the All-Star break at this point.
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.