Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has been on the disabled list with a torn hip labrum since early August and manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register that his returning to pitch again this season is “probably not very possible.”
Beckett may end up needing surgery, but hasn’t made a decision on that yet.
Before the injury he had an excellent bounceback season, throwing a no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25 and posting a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts overall. Last season Beckett went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA and was limited to just 43 innings.
He’ll be a free agent this offseason after finishing up a four-year, $68 million contract, so the surgery decision is a big one for the 34-year-old.
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.