Gavin Floyd unlikely to pitch again this season

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After hinting at it last week, it sounds like the White Sox will indeed shut down Gavin Floyd because of shoulder soreness.
Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that there’s really no sense in having him make one final start with the White Sox out of contention:

In my mind, I think we should shut it down. This is a kid that’s going to be back here next year and he’s not going to prove to anybody if he can pitch or not. I think, why are we going to take a risk when the thing is not very important? Obviously we have to talk to Gavin first to see how he feels but I think the best scenario is to shut it down. That’s the best thing for him and for the organization.

Floyd was initially scheduled to start yesterday, but Tony Pena took his place against the Angels, tossing a Quality Start in a 4-3 win.
While his 10-13 record doesn’t look very good, Floyd actually had a solid season with a 4.08 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 187.1 innings, ranking 12th among AL starters in Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) at 3.85.

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.