Kevin Youkilis to have an X-ray and a day off

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I write the term “MRI” so much that writing “X-ray” feels like writing “ice box” or “dirigible” or something.  They still do X-rays, though I guess.

Kevin Youkilis is getting one anyway. On his left foot, off of which he fouled a ball during last night’s game.  Youk — the kids in Boston call him that, I’m told — will sit out today’s game with Drew Sutton taking his place.

UPDATE: X-Rays are negative. Which is a positive.

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.