Sean Marshall was on the active roster but unavailable for the first week of the season due to shoulder fatigue, finally made his 2013 debut on Sunday, and is now headed to the disabled list with what’s being called tendinitis.
Marshall threw a scoreless inning Sunday and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but afterward manager Dusty Baker was quoted as saying “he’s not right.”
To replace Marshall on the roster and in the bullpen the Reds called up Logan Ondrusek, the 6-foot-8 right-hander who spent most of the past three seasons in Cincinnati’s bullpen logging a combined 175 innings with a 3.45 ERA. It speaks to the Reds’ reliever depth that a guy with as much big-league success as Ondrusek was in the minors to begin with, but they’ll definitely still miss Marshall.
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.