Koji Uehara gave the Red Sox a bit of a scare when he came down with some shoulder stiffness last Friday, but the early word on his status is promising.
Uehara made it through a throwing session yesterday with no issues and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that an MRI today revealed no structural damage. The 39-year-old right-hander is scheduled to rejoin the team tomorrow in Chicago, though it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to return to game action. Still, it looks like he’ll avoid a stint on the disabled list at the very least.
Edward Mujica filled in for Uehara last Friday against the Orioles for his first save of the season. The Red Sox figure to be careful with Uehara’s workload, so he might get the opportunity to close out some more games in the coming days and weeks.
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.