Edwin Jackson struggling since 149-pitch no-hitter

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Yesterday afternoon Edwin Jackson turned in his third straight clunker of a start since no-hitting the Rays on June 25, taking a loss against the Padres by allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings.
Jackson has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings since the no-hitter, walking 11 batters while opponents hit .328 against him. It’d be easy to point to throwing 149 pitches in the no-hitter as the reason for his struggles, but while that surely hasn’t helped matters Jackson was struggling long before the stress of that heavy workload.
He was 4-6 with a 5.05 ERA before the no-hitter and if you remove that one game from his season totals Jackson has a 5.35 ERA and 88/50 K/BB ratio in 114.1 innings overall. And really, he didn’t even pitch all that well during the no-hitter, allowing nine baserunners and needing 149 pitches to record 27 outs.
Of course, Dallas Braden is 0-5 since his no-hitter and is currently on the disabled list, and Armando Galarraga was demoted to Triple-A just six starts after his imperfect game.

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.