David Hernandez likely needs Tommy John surgery

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The latest pitcher headed for Tommy John elbow surgery is Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez, who was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Hernandez will seek a second opinion, but surgery is likely and would cost him the entire season and perhaps some of 2015 as well.

Hernandez posted a career-worst 4.48 ERA last season thanks to serving up 10 homers in 62 innings, but his 66/24 K/BB ratio was very good, he had a combined 2.94 ERA in 2011 and 2012, and he posted a 2.16 ERA in eight appearances this spring.

Arizona has devoted a lot of money and resources to the bullpen under general manager Kevin Towers, so the Diamondbacks are relatively well-equipped to handle the loss of Hernandez, but he was slated to be a primary setup man for closer Addison Reed.

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.