Ubaldo Jimenez has filed an appeal of his five-game suspension for hitting Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday, which is no surprise after the Indians right-hander insisted that he didn’t hit his former Rockies teammate on purpose.
Jimenez was scheduled to start the Indians’ second game of the season, but would have to be pushed back to at least the sixth game if the suspension is upheld.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy called Jimenez hitting Tulowitzki “the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball.”
Jimenez repeatedly said that he didn’t intend to hit Tulowitzki, explaining that “people act like this is the first time that somebody got hit … it happens all the time” and explaining that his control during Sunday’s game “was everywhere” with five walks before the hit by pitch.
Jimenez was not ejected from the game despite the benches clearing. Tulowitzki underwent X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s day-to-day with a bruised elbow.
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.