Dustin Pedroia has surgery to repair torn finger ligament

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Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky finger, which is not to be confused with the broken left ring finger that he played through in the Red Sox’s season finale.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Pedroia had a pin inserted into the right pinky finger that will remain there for a month. He initially suffered the injury on July 29, but Pedroia said he had more issues dealing with the torn ligament off the field and “it wouldn’t really bother me when I played.”

As for the broken left ring finger, Pedroia told Bradford that it’s almost healed and shouldn’t be an issue in the future.

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.