Brett Gardner has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from an elbow injury that was initially deemed minor and the Yankees left fielder is now in danger of missing the remainder of the season.
Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner had to be shut down due to soreness in his elbow following a simulated game Sunday, which is the same thing that happened last time he was getting close to returning.
Gardner’s agent described him as “very frustrated” and he’s scheduled for an MRI exam to assess the latest damage, which all stems from a diving catch attempt on April 17 that left him with a bone bruise.
Gardner’s speed, defense, and on-base skills make him a very good all-around outfielder when healthy, but the Raul Ibanez-Andruw Jones platoon has been productive enough that Yankees left fielders rank right around average in OPS for the position.
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.