Last official word we heard about Mets first baseman Ike Davis, he was getting a cortisone shot, getting an MRI and waiting for some improvement on his ankle. If it didn’t improve: season-ending surgery.
Well, this is far from official word, but apparently Davis is pessimistic: he told a bunch of summer campers that his ankle is “not good” and that he’ll be back and healthy next year.
A spokesman for the day campers had no comment following the press conference, but a day camper who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to discuss the matter said that “us kids are all bummed because Ike was off to such a good start and — oh, hey, it’s time to go swimmin’!”
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.