Phil Hughes might have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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The Yankees put right-hander Phil Hughes through four hours of testing on Tuesday, including two MRIs and a vascular exam. On Wednesday they ran him through five more hours of testing and did dye-contrast blood work.

Yet here we stand with no real answers.

According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the Yankees are now sending Hughes to a specialist in St. Louis to have him tested for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve and circulatory condition.

If Hughes has TOS, he could require a 12-hour surgery that involves the removal of a rib. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger has been recalling some ballplayers who have undergone the procedure this evening on Twitter. The list includes Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook and Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison. The recovery times varied in all three cases.

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.