The Braves placed starter Bartolo Colon on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a left oblique strain, the club announced.
Colon, 44, gave up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings to the Phillies on Monday, ballooning his ERA to 7.78.
Colon inked a one-year, $12.5 million deal with the Braves last November as the club wanted a veteran who could soak up innings. But he’s pitched past the fifth inning in just four of his 12 starts this season.
Craig wrote about Colon earlier, wondering if Monday’s start might have been his last as a Brave. Making this whole thing more awkward, Friday is Bartolo Colon bobblehead night at SunTrust Park.
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.