Shane Victorino nearing rehab assignment

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Shane Victorino required a stint on the disabled list earlier this month due to a left hamstring strain, but he’s expected to rejoin the Red Sox as soon as he’s eligible next week.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Victorino is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment on either Sunday or Monday. Barring any setbacks, he should be activated for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers.

Daniel Nava has seen most of the playing time in right field during Victorino’s absence while Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp have shared left field duties. Jackie Bradley Jr. was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week as a reserve outfielder, but he should head right back down to the minors once Victorino is ready.

Victorino, 32, is batting .283/.343/.362 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and four stolen bases in 34 games this season. He signed a three-year, $39 million deal with Boston over the winter.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.