Chris Stratton

2012 first-rounder Chris Stratton hospitalized after being hit by liner

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Giants first-round pick Chris Stratton is in stable condition after taking a line drive off his head during batting practice for short-season Single-A Salem-Keiser on Tuesday.

Stratton was transported to the hospital by ambulance, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. The Giants wouldn’t confirm that, but they did comment on his condition:

“He’s at the hospital now being evaluated to make sure it’s nothing more than a concussion,” vice president Bobby Evans said. “He does have symptoms of a concussion. They are working on the diagnosis to confirm that. They are going to be cautious and thorough.”

Stratton, a right-handed pitcher, was injured while standing behind second base during batting practice.

The 20th overall pick in the June draft out of Mississippi State, Stratton was 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 1/3 innings for Salem-Keiser. He pitched just 9 1/3 innings in his first six appearances, but he had thrown seven scoreless innings in his last two starts.

Stratton turns 22 on Wednesday.

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.