Scott Kazmir’s first rehab start at Triple-A last week was a mess, as he allowed six runs and failed to make it out of the second inning, but his second outing last night remarkably was even worse.
He made it through the first two innings unscathed, but then coughed up 10 runs in the third inning while recording just one out.
Through two starts Kazmir now has a 36.00 ERA, allowing 16 runs in four innings with more walks (7) than strikeouts (5) and a .421 opponents’ batting average.
Suffice it to say the Angels won’t be rushing Kazmir back from his rehab stint and there’s seemingly a strong chance they’ll simply keep the 27-year-old southpaw and his $12 million salary at Triple-A once the 30-day assignment is over.
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.