Second opinion agrees that Beltran has knee bruise

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Carlos Beltran traveled to Colorado yesterday to get a second opinion on his injured right knee and Adam Rubin the New York Daily News reports that Dr. Richard Steadman agreed with the Mets’ initial diagnosis of a bone bruise.

According to the newspaper Steadman has recommended that Beltran remain
on the disabled list through the All-Star break, which while longer
than his initial return timetable still qualifies as good news given the speculation that he could be headed for career-threatening microfracture surgery.

Beltran definitely isn’t out of the woods yet and surgery could
certainly emerge as an option down the road, but for now at least the
Mets can plan on having their stud center fielder back in the second
half.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.