From Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
On whiteboard in Twins clubhouse, where times for stretch & BP are generally written was one more directive today: “Call your mom.”
Happy Mother’s Day from us here at HardballTalk. Enjoy a full slate of afternoon and evening baseball games featuring pink cleats, pink socks, pink undershirts, pink bats and pink batting gloves. But, first and most importantly, call your mom.
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.