Everth Cabrera diagnosed with left hamstring strain

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From Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera has been diagnosed with a strained left hamstring and could be headed to the 15-day disabled list.

The Padres will wait a few days to see how he is recovering before they make a call on that move.

Cabrera missed 17 games in 2013 because of a similar injury. He’s off to a really poor start this season, batting just .218/.256/.290 in 343 plate appearances. The 27-year-old speedster has been caught on seven of his 20 stolen base attempts.

Alexi Amarista is starting at shortstop for the Friars on Tuesday night against the visiting Reds. Irving Falu is at second base.

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.