Jon Garland undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jon Garland underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder earlier today. The procedure consisted of clean up of the labrum and bursa and clean up and reinforcement of the rotator cuff.

Garland will begin physical therapy later this week, but is expected to be sidelined for the next six months.

Garland’s one-year, $5 million contract with the Dodgers included a $12 million option for 2012 that would have vested had he logged 190 innings and was not on the disabled list in September due to an arm injury, but he threw a career-low 54 innings over nine starts before landing on the DL in early June. The 31-year-old right-hander will head into free agency again this winter and will almost certainly have to accept an incentive-laden deal to continue his career.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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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.