Chris Davis leaves game in fifth, needs an MRI

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AL Player of the Month for April, Chris Davis, left last night’s O’s-Angels game in the fifth inning with a knee injury. The injury happened as he ran out a ground ball, with Davis hobbling as he crossed first base. His comments after the game:

“[I] hit the bag funny, obviously,” Davis said. “My knee kind of buckled, felt a tingling in my foot, thought I could walk it off, went down the stairs, tried to go down the stairs, couldn’t go down the stairs. … Everything was intact. We will see how it is tomorrow. Hopefully I will feel better than I did tomorrow. Hopefully it will just be a couple days.”

Davis will have an MRI today. In his place at first should be some combination of Ryan Flaherty, Steve Pearce and Nick Markakis.

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.