MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have activated catcher A.J. Ellis from the disabled list. To create room for him on the roster, the club optioned Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Ellis had been on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, suffered while celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25. Leading up to the injury, the 33-year-old had been struggling at the plate, slashing .170/.350/.213 with only two doubles and an RBI in 60 plate appearances.
Ellis had missed just over a month of playing time after undergoing surgery on the meniscus in his left knee on April 6.
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.