It’s safe to say that a little bit of rest was just what the doctor ordered for Cole Hamels.
Hamels, who placed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation, allowed one run on two hits over six innings tonight against the Reds. It was his first start since August 12.
The southpaw didn’t surrender his first hit until Brandon Phillips led off the fourth inning with a triple. It was ruled as a hit, even though the fly ball was badly misplayed by Hunter Pence in right field. Phillips eventually came in to score on a groundout by Joey Votto.
Hamels struck out seven while walking none and averaged 90.12 mph on his fastball, according to Brooks Baseball. He threw 50 out 76 pitches for strikes before being replaced by Antonio Bastardo to begin the bottom of the seventh inning with score tied at 1-1. While it would have been nice to see him stick around for a chance at the win, the Phillies are obviously more concerned about having him healthy and effective for the postseason.
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.