Dillon Gee pitched well yesterday in his first start since July surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder, throwing 6.1 innings of one-run ball against the Padres.
Gee took the loss because the Mets’ offense didn’t give him any support, but he allowed just three hits and averaged 88 miles per hour with his fastball.
That’s down a bit from his average of 90 mph in 2012 and Gee also told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that his command was a little shaky, but for his first start back since a potentially life-threatening health problem eight months ago it was a solid, encouraging outing.
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.