Michael Brantley went to the hospital yesterday after being spiked on the arm by A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson during a head-first slide, needing 15 stitches for a lacerated forearm.
That probably wasn’t very fun, but manager Terry Francona told Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he initially thought Brantley’s injury was much worse: “When he was coming off the field, his batting glove was kind of hanging and I thought his finger was pointing in the wrong direction.”
UPDATE: Initially the Indians didn’t expect Brantley to miss much time, but now they’re saying he’s likely to be out for at least 10 days.
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.