Webb doesn't need surgery, but unlikely to return before September

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After being examined by three different doctors in three different states this week, Brandon Webb has been told that he doesn’t need shoulder surgery.
“They all said pretty much the same thing, that they would not
recommend surgery right now,” Webb said. “They told me this is
something that should get better.”

However, he’s been advised not to resume throwing for at least six
weeks and is unlikely to come off the disabled list before September,
at which point the Diamondbacks are likely to be completely out of the
playoff picture and may simply decide that it’s not worth bringing him
back for a few starts.

Arizona holds an $8 million team option on Webb for 2010, but the
alternative being a $2 million buyout makes it likely that he won’t be
cut without suffering a major setback. “Honestly, that’s the last thing
on my mind right now,” Webb said. “I just want to pitch. It’s been
killing me to not be out there. I’m tired of talking about my contract,
or talking about my arm, I’m just dying to get back out there again and
pitch.”

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.