When the Dodgers’ initial lineup was released for Tuesday night’s game against the visiting Reds, it had Erisbel Arruebarrena at shortstop instead of Hanley Ramirez. But this just happened:
Ramirez wound up missing four games with what was being referred to as left calf soreness — it also got labeled an Achilles issue at one point. Also of note: Matt Kemp is sitting Tuesday for a fifth consecutive game and will not be a late addition. He’s not necessarily injured but has looked sluggish on offense and defense in his return from October ankle surgery. Andre Ethier is the Dodgers’ starting center fielder.
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.