The wonkiness of Carlos Beltran’s knee has been cause for concern. Has he simply not healed properly from last year’s surgery? Was it just never meant to be right again? Nope, those questions aren’t operative. Because it’s his other knee that is causing him problems.
Seems that, though the surgery was on his right knee, Beltran is overcompensating by favoring his left knee, which has led to tendinitis that is going to keep him shelved for four or five days.
Beltran and the Mets waxed optimistic yesterday and neither think this will impact his start to the season. But it is kinda hard to figure how, if one is sore in the first week of March, one won’t be sore throughout the season.
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.