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Phillies confident Roy Halladay’s second opinion will confirm initial diagnosis

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There was some minor intrigue last week when Roy Halladay saw Dr. David Altchek in New York last week for a second opinion on his strained right lat muscle, but the Phillies aren’t alarmed.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer was told by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. that Halladay’s second opinion is expected to confirm the initial diagnosis. The early estimate is that Halladay will miss six-to-eight weeks, but we’ll know a lot more about his progress after he tries throwing two weeks from now.

For what it’s worth, Amaro said Halladay was “symptom-free” while doing shoulder exercises this morning.

“He’s actually doing pretty well,” Amaro said. “He’s started doing some shoulder exercises, doing some upper body stuff now.”

Halladay had a 3.98 ERA and 56/14 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings through 11 starts prior to being placed on the disabled list early last week. The 35-year-old right-hander has logged more innings (1,487) than anyone since the start of the 2006 season. CC Sabathia is second with 1,470 innings, though he’s on pace to pass Halladay in the next month.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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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.