Braves’ Jurrjens undergoes surgery on right knee

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From David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee Wednesday.

The procedure, done by Dr. James in Andrews in Alabama, was deemed a success.

Jurrjens injured his right knee during a late-September bullpen session and did not make an appearance during the Braves’ short run in the NLDS.  But he should be fine once spring training opens next season and will look to get back to the kind of form that he showed back in 2009, when he ranked third in the National League with a 2.60 ERA over 34 starts.

The 24-year-old turned in a 4.64 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 20 outings this year, fanning 86 batters and walking 42 over 116.1 innings of work.

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.