Glaus showing plate prowess in Braves camp

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glaus braves.JPGBraves first baseman Troy Glaus had another strong day at the dish Wednesday, and is now 9-for-12 in Grapefruit League play with eight consecutive hits.  He’s trying to keep things in perspective, but it’s great to see him performing so well after failing to register more than 30 at-bats last season for the Cardinals due to a variety of injuries.

“It’s nice to see hits, it’s positive reinforcement,” said the
6-foot-6 converted third baseman. “But I’ve been doing this long enough that it doesn’t matter right
now. I’ve had good springs, I’ve had bad springs, I’ve had in-between
springs. It doesn’t matter.”

Glaus, 33, has also looked strong defensively at the first base position this spring.  He is a .255/.359/.497 career hitter with 304 home runs over his first 12 major league seasons.  The Rotoworld
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, packed to the brim with projections on all MLB hitters, has him hitting .252/.359/.463
with 26 homers and 87 RBI this season.  For now, that all looks perfectly attainable.

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.