Per the National Post’s John Lott, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says shortstop Jose Reyes and reliever Casey Janssen are both set to begin their rehab in Dunedin, Florida. Reyes will likely play on Monday, and Janssen should join the action soon thereafter.
Reyes suffered a strained hamstring towards the end of spring training. The hamstring has been a source of discomfort for Reyes throughout his career, so while it was dismaying to see him hurt again, it also was not surprising. Janssen went on the shelf with a back strain right before the Jays wrapped up spring training. Gibbons says both could be back in time for the Jays’ series against the Indians in Cleveland next weekend.
Jonathan Diaz has been filling in for Reyes at shortstop, but has only been able to muster a .611 OPS in 21 plate appearances. Sergio Santos moved into the closer’s role in Janssen’s stead and has done a good job, recording four saves and ten strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
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.