Denard Span returned from the disabled list two weeks ago despite admitted that he wasn’t fully recovered from a June 3 concussion, suggesting that after two months on the sidelines he felt like it was time to try to push through the symptoms.
That has proven to be a big mistake, as Span went 2-for-35 (.057) and continued to experience post-concussions symptoms, sitting out games while trying to adapt to new medication. And now the Twins are putting him back on the DL.
Span’s attempt to push through the symptoms and get back in the lineup was equals parts noble and misguided, as the situation shows once again that being tough has nothing to do with recovering from a brain injury.
Justin Morneau and Jason Bay missed the entire second half of last season following concussions, Brian Roberts may end up missing the entire second half of this year, and now Span is out indefinitely again after two months off proved insufficient.
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.