Andy Pettitte expected to miss at least one start

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No official announcement has been made, but Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Andy Pettitte will miss at least one start and the Yankees are deciding between Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves to replace him in the rotation.
Pettitte left yesterday’s game after just five innings with elbow soreness that an MRI exam later revealed as mild inflammation. So far he’s avoided the disabled list and Marchand believes Mitre is the favorite to fill in.
Pettitte has been remarkably durable throughout his career, making at least 30 starts in 12 of the past 14 seasons, including each of the past five years. He’s 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA through six turns in the rotation this year and 47-31 with a 4.12 ERA since rejoining the Yankees in 2007. By comparison, Mitre is 13-23 with a 5.47 ERA in 61 career starts, including a 7.16 ERA over nine starts for the Yankees in 2009.

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.