Rangers activate Alexi Ogando from the disabled list

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Alex Ogando is off the disabled list and back in the Rangers’ rotation after missing the past six weeks with biceps tendinitis.

Ogando, who has a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this season and a 3.09 ERA in 332 career innings split between the rotation and bullpen, will start tonight against the Yankees. He tossed seven innings of two-run ball in his final rehab outing last week, but wasn’t particularly sharp on his rehab assignment overall.

Not a bad 24 hours for the Rangers’ rotation, which added Matt Garza via trade yesterday and now welcomes back Ogando.

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.