Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was only supposed to miss a couple of games as a result of his sprained left shoulder, but the absences have continued to pile up and the Fish were forced to make an unfortunate decision late Wednesday night.
According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez was placed on the disabled list after Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves. The move was made retroactive to August 3, so the 27-year-old will be eligible to return around this time next week.
Ramirez is batting just .243/.333/.379 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, zero triples, 45 RBI and 20 stolen bases through 385 plate appearances this season. He’s been caught stealing a whopping 10 times.
Emilio Bonifacio will continue handling the shortstop position while Hanley recovers.
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.