Jair Jurrjens hospitalized for dehydration at Triple-A

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Jair Jurrjens left his latest Triple-A start with dizziness and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves right-hander was hospitalized overnight for dehydration.

Jurrjens is at Triple-A rehabbing a groin injury as the Braves try to figure out what to do with him down the stretch.

He threw 43 pitches before exiting and is already eligible to return from the disabled list, but there’s no indication that he’s close to rejoining the big-league team after coughing up 20 runs in 19 innings during July.

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.