CC Sabathia struggled in his rehab start at Double-A

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CC Sabathia made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Double-A, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings, but afterward the Yankees left-hander seemed pleased with how his injured knee felt.

Austin Laymance of MLB.com reports that Sabathia’s fastball clocked in at 90-91 miles per hour and topped out at 94 mph. As for everything else, here was Sabathia’s review:

The secondary pitches weren’t that good, but my fastball I felt was coming off pretty good. I feel good health-wise, so I’ll be ready to go. I need to work on my secondary pitches a little more. Changeup was cutting, slider wasn’t as sharp as I wanted it to be, so we’ll do some work on those things. But overall, I felt pretty good.

Sabathia threw 55 pitches and last started a big-league game in early May, so setting aside his uneven performance he’ll need more time in the minors to build up arm strength before potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.