Trevor Plouffe returns from concussion disabled list

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Trevor Plouffe was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after taking a knee to the head on the bases last Tuesday, but he passed an imPACT concussion test and is back on the Twins’ active roster.

To make room for Plouffe’s return the Twins demoted Chris Colabello to Triple-A, so the former independent leaguer’s first taste of the majors lasted just five games. He did collect a hit, but went 1-for-11 with six strikeouts and wore the wrong uniform last night.

Plouffe will resume starting at third base for the Twins after hitting .254 with four homers and a .759 OPS in 37 games to essentially match last year’s production.

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.