Kyle Davies was arrested day before release from Royals

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While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious.  It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder.

Except apparently he could.

Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star reports.  The Royals released Davies the next day to make room for catcher Salvador Perez on the 40-man roster.

Royals GM Dayton Moore denied knowing anything about the charges in advance of the decision to release the right-hander, saying he didn’t find out until Thursday afternoon.  Davies, though, ackowledged the incident.

“I embarrassed myself and my family,” he said. “I made a foolish mistake. I’ll learn from it, and I’ll get past it.”

Davies was in Florida rehabbing a sore shoulder and wasn’t expected to rejoin the Royals until September.  He was 1-9 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 starts for Kansas City this season.

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.