Chris Young was back in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Padres for the first time since September 3. But the injury that put him on the shelf apparently never fully healed.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the center fielder was removed in the top of the first inning after aggravating his strained right quad while making a long running catch.
Young was able to make it off the field under his own power, but with only two weeks remaining in the regular season and the Diamondbacks struggling to finish at .500, it seems likely that we’ve seen the last of him this season.
The 29-year-old is under contract with the Snakes for $8.5 million in 2013. He entered play Tuesday batting .227/.307/.433 with 14 home runs, eight steals and 39 RBI in 94 games.
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.