Orioles' prez Andy MacPhail is losing his patience

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According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun, Orioles President Andy MacPhail putting his hitters on notice. Produce, or get sent down:

“While you can give them some allowance for the quality of pitching that
we’ve faced, our patience isn’t inexhaustible. There is going to come a time where we’re going to be obligated to keep
making changes in terms of offensive personnel, and they’re going to get
the opportunity to head to Norfolk and hone their swings
because they’re not doing anything to help us now . . . It’s not a suicide pact. They either have to start performing or they’ll
go to Norfolk.”

This applies to basically everyone, it would seem. Luke Scott stinks so far this year. So does Adam Jones. And Nolan Reimold. Cesar Izturis has been a special brand of stank as well.

This just can’t happen on a team that was supposed to be OK-to-possibly-frisky on offense but still developing in the pitching department.  When guys simply aren’t doing what they should be expected to do you’re left with little choice but to send someone down or throw a bag of bats into the shower or something.

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.