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Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen shut down with more shoulder problems

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Last week when Danny Hultzen was scratched from a Triple-A start with shoulder problems for the second time this season the Mariners insisted it was merely an “irritation” and a “minor setback.”

They can call it whatever they want, but Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the former No. 2 overall pick will be completely shut down for at least 10 more days before potentially resuming a throwing program. In other words, he’s weeks away from possibly seeing game action again even in the best-case scenario.

General manager Jack Zduriencik also told Johns that the Mariners “are going to make some adjustments to his routines … to look at a little bit of his mechanics.” Hultzen was seemingly on the verge of a call-up before last week’s injury, going 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 31/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings at Triple-A, but now the 23-year-old left-hander’s season might be in jeopardy.

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.