Aaron Harang is bullpen bound once he returns from DL

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Even after shifting rookie Mike Leake to the bullpen last week the Reds still have more capable starters than their rotation can hold, so it sounds like they’ll end up using Aaron Harang as a reliever once he returns from the disabled list.
Harang has been the Opening Day starter for the Reds in each of the past five seasons and has started 231 of his 235 career games, but he was terrible before landing on the DL last month and has gone 18-38 with a 4.63 ERA in 447 innings since 2008.
He’s also allowed 11 runs in 11 innings while rehabbing in the minors, which is why the Reds may ask Harang to make another start at Triple-A before coming off the DL and general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that they “will probably use him as a long man” initially whenever he does return.

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.