Bobby Jenks out "at least a few games and possibly more" with forearm tightness

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Chicago’s bullpen may never be at full strength.
Last week the White Sox welcomed Matt Thornton back from the disabled list and today they activated J.J. Putz off the shelf, but now Bobby Jenks has a strained forearm and Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports that he’ll be unavailable for “at least a few games and possibly more.”
“Well, there’s something going on,” pitching coach Don Cooper told Padilla. “We are not sure what it is. He tried to throw last night and didn’t feel too good.”
Last month Jenks threw three innings in a game for the first time since 2005 after previously being limited to one-inning appearances all season, but when asked about that possibly being a factor manager Ozzie Guillen replied: “I can’t say we overused him, he wanted to be out there for the team.”

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.