Jon Niese’s rapid heartbeat will not cause him to miss a start

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As we mentioned this morning, Mets starter Jon Niese left Sunday’s game after six shutout innings due to dizziness and a rapid heartbeat. This is the second time that has happened in two seasons.  But, as Adam Rubin reports, the doctors say Niese can make his next start:

Based on my minutes and minutes of Internet research, this would presumably involve small incisions and endoscopes to deliver electricity to the heart to — warning: technical term — schnootzie it back into proper speed and rhythm and shouldn’t be particularly invasive.

And for those of you questioning my medical reportage here, know this: My diagnosis never fails, I know just what to do/ Whenever anybody ails, I’m sympathetic too/ My heart within me melts, [his heart within him melts]/ No matter what I treat them for, they die from something else.

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.