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Carlos Gonzalez to undergo exploratory surgery on left index finger

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Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week due to nagging injury to his left index finger. It looks like he’s not going to be back in the Rockies’ lineup for a while:

We should have some clarity on a potential timeline for his return after the surgery is complete, but it’s another blow for a team which has lost 13 out of their last 16 games and now sit at 29-33 on the year. The Rockies have also lost Nolan Arenado, Jordan Lyles, Michael Cuddyer, and Eddie Butler in recent weeks. They might not see .500 again this season.

Gonzalez, 28, was batting .255/.307/.449 with eight home runs and 31 RBI over 52 games prior to landing on the disabled list last week. With Gonzalez and Cuddyer both sidelined, the Rockies will likely go with Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Drew Stubbs as regulars in their outfield.

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.