After missing six games with a left shoulder injury Giancarlo Stanton is back in the Marlins’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Reds, playing right field and batting third.
In his absence the Marlins used Austin Kearns, Chris Coghlan, and Justin Ruggiano in right field, going 2-4 after starting the season 1-8 with Stanton.
Stanton was off to a slow start before the injury, hitting .167 with zero homers.
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.