On Saturday against the Giants, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig injured his thumb diving head-first into first base. Puig underwent X-rays but the team did not announce results until Sunday night. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Puig has been diagnosed with a strained ligament in his left thumb and is day-to-day.
In the third inning against Madison Bumgarner on Saturday, Puig hit a ground ball up the middle, forcing shortstop Brandon Crawford to range far to his left. Crawford wheeled and fired but pulled Brandon Belt off of the first base bag. Puig, though, sensed it would be a close play and dove head-first in attempt to give himself an advantage (though such dive attempts typically hinder, not help, in that regard). After the umpire ruled him safe, Puig remained on the ground in pain. After getting up, Puig was standing on first base, doubled over in pain. However, he stayed in the game and finished 1-for-4.
Fortunately for Puig, the Dodgers have an off-day on Monday, so he could return to game action on Tuesday against the Tigers.
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.