Reds activate Aroldis Chapman from DL after shaky 30-day rehab assignment

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Aroldis Chapman’s minor-league rehab assignment wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but after a maximum 30-day stint recovering from shoulder inflammation (and control problems) the Reds have activated him from the disabled list.

Chapman allowed 12 runs in 13 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but did post a strong 20/8 K/BB ratio and threw a scoreless inning in each of his final two appearances.

Prior to landing on the DL in mid-May he had a 6.92 ERA and more walks (20) than strikeouts (15) in 13 innings for the Reds, walking 12 of the last 19 batters he faced before the Reds mercifully shut him down. Presumably he’ll be eased back into the bullpen mix with some low-leverage outings, because he may not be out of the woods yet.

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.