Jonny Venters leaves game with an elbow sprain

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Bad news for the Braves’ bullpen:

Jonny, that is.

Venters has been a concern for a while, spending part of last season on the DL with a sore left elbow.  He feels like a major injury waiting to happen.  Which definitely hurts the Braves’ bullpen.  Other options for the roster now, assuming Venters hits the DL: Cristian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro. And of course Eric O’Flaherty and Jordan Walden are still around to set up for Craig Kimbrel. Assuming Walden’s back doesn’t act up.

So, yeah. Ugh.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.