The Dodgers have selected a new security chief

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After a four month period in which the position was vacant — which became a major issue because of the Bryan Stow beating — the Dodgers have selected a chief of security. He is retired LAPD Captain Rich Wemmer.  His hiring is contingent on MLB approval due to the league takeover of the team’s day-t0-day operations.

The Los Angeles Times has a writeup on Wemmer’s career. Seems like a fine chap. The Times reports, however, that Wemmer was not the team’s first choice and that “numerous former LAPD command staffers” turned them down before they “settled on” Wemmer.

Not sure I’d read much into that. I mean, really, how eager would you be to jump into a job where the ownership situation is in as much flux as the Dodgers’ is?  If, as I suspect will be the case, a new owner comes in sometime soon, he’s probably going to want his own guy.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.