Adrian Beltre on Grade 1 hamstring strain: “I’m a quick healer”

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Adrian Beltre was placed on the disabled list over the weekend after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain running the bases, but the Rangers third baseman said yesterday that he expects to spend the minimum 15 days on the shelf.

Ron Washington expressed some doubt about Beltre’s ability to return that quickly, telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “We’re not taking any chances in getting him back here before he is right.”

Beltre noted that he’s a quick healer and teammate Julio Borbon needed three weeks off to rest a similar injury.

He’d been playing well well prior to the strain, hitting .358 with six homers and a 1.168 OPS in July, but his overall OPS in the first year of a five-year, $80 million deal with the Rangers is still 80 points below last season’s mark with the Red Sox.

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.