Kyle McClellan undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

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Kyle McClellan has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a strained elbow, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals right-hander recently underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

As recently as six weeks ago doctors told McClellan that he could avoid elbow surgery and rest the injury instead, but according to Hummel doctors now believe the elbow pain actually stemmed from “the arm compensating for the tear and irritation in the shoulder.”

So it’s not quite as if he suffered the shoulder injury while trying to come back from the elbow injury, but … well, that probably doesn’t make McClellan or the Cardinals feel any better about the whole situation. McClellan had been hoping to return next month, but instead he’ll miss the rest of this season and likely the first half of next season.

Prior to struggling this season McClellan threw 359 innings with a 3.61 ERA for the Cardinals, primarily working out of the bullpen.

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.