Posada has broken foot, could miss 3-4 weeks

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posada swinging.jpgJorge Posada has been in and out of the Yankees’ lineup for the past week or so, and on Wednesday evening we all found out why.  According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran catcher has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right foot and could miss up to a month.

Francisco Cervelli is the logical choice to fill in at catcher for the next three-to-four weeks, given the impressive .373/.442/.493 batting line that he’s posted in limited action this season.  Now the world will find out if he’s for real.

Posada, 38, was batting .326 this season with a .406 on-base percentage, six home runs and 14 RBI through 89 at-bats.  Given his age, we’re thinking the Yanks’ three-to-four week recovery timetable might be a bit optimistic.  Then again, he’s proven people wrong his whole career.

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.