More unfortunate injury news for the Blue Jays.
From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand during Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Athletics and will be out of commission for approximately six weeks.
The 26-year-old took a foul tip off the top of his hand in the top of the second inning and was replaced behind the dish by backup catcher Jeff Mathis. It didn’t take long for X-rays to reveal the break.
Arencibia did not make a plate appearance on Wednesday. He’s batting .242 with a .745 OPS, 16 home runs and 50 RBI through 81 games this season. Mathis will presumably become the Jays’ primary backstop.
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.