Padres prospect Max Fried shut down with forearm injury

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Padres pitching prospect and former seventh overall draft pick Max Fried has been shut down for at least two weeks with soreness in his left forearm.

General manager Josh Byrnes told Corey Brock of MLB.com that Fried complained of soreness while doing some offseason throwing, so the Padres examined him and “have decided to shut down any throwing until the symptoms are completely resolved.”

Fried ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects last season and this season, placing 53rd on this year’s list at age 20 after striking out 100 batters in 119 innings at low Single-A in 2013.

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.