Report: Alex Rodriguez’s hearing set for September 30

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Alex Rodriguez appealed the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. The resolution will begin in New York on September 30, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. The 30th is the day after the regular season ends. If the Yankees — nine games out of first place in the AL East and 2.5 games behind the second Wild Card — happen to make the playoffs, the hearing could be postponed for a later date when Rodriguez would be available.

Rodriguez received the largest suspension, by far, of anyone involved in the Biogenesis scandal. He spent most of the season recovering from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. He rehabbed from June 30 through August 3 before making his 2013 Major League debut on August 5 against the White Sox. Since returning, he has posted an .826 OPS with four home runs (giving him 651 in his career) in 113 plate appearances.

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.