A’s send Grant Green back to the minors at 0-for-15

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Grant Green was expected to see regular playing time at second base after the A’s called him up three weeks ago, but instead he started just five of 11 games there while going 0-for-15 and now he’s headed back to Triple-A.

Green was hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 doubles, and an .874 OPS in 81 games at Triple-A and had just been named Pacific Coast League player of the month, but failed to get on base via hit or walk in 16 plate appearances for the A’s while striking out six times.

He’ll be back at some point, but it’s interesting that the A’s would rather go with light-hitting Eric Sogard as their primary second baseman than give a former first-round pick and far superior prospect in Green an extended opportunity.

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.