This isn’t anything as bad as the Victor Martinez news, but another big name is going to miss some time: Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today to repair cartilage.
It’s being described as routine, and he is expected to be recovered and — in the words of GM Ben Cherington — will be “hitting at some point in spring training.”
And if he is hitting in spring training, it would mark the first time he hit since he left the Tampa Bay Rays.
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.