This entire San Diego Union-Tribune profile on Tony Tufano — the motorcyclist run over last spring by former major leaguer Matt Bush — is worth a read. But here’s the part that really sticks out:
Because of the damage his body incurred — because of all the muscles, bones and organs that caught hell in the crash — his every day is filled with pain.
Which makes it all the more remarkable that his heart is filled with mercy.
“People argue with me about this, but I would like to see him make it. I just want to see him straighten his life out,” said Tufano of the man who hit him — a man currently serving a 51-month prison sentence in Jasper, Fla. “He’ll only be 30 when he gets out, and if he can still throw a ball 99 miles an hour, someone will pick him up.”
Bush, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, was charged with driving under the influence and inflicting serious bodily injury. It was his third DUI and he will be in that Florida prison until 2016.
Tufano, a 74-year-old lifelong marathon enthusiast, will never run or ride a motorcycle again.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Blanco hit a mere .224/.309/.311 in 106 games with the Giants in 2006. It was his worst campaign in his big league career, not counting a 24-game stint with the Braves in 2009. Blanco suffered at least one concussion in 2015 and was on the DL for concussion issues twice that season. There’s no telling if that had anything to do with his subpar year, however.
He’ll fight for a backup job for Arizona, who already has A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas in the outfield.
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.