Venters was traded to the Braves for international slot money Thursday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. In an interesting deal, Venters will head back to the organization that drafted him all the way back in 2003. Venters has had his career largely derailed by elbow injuries, including needing Tommy John surgery on three separate occasions. He's had a resurgence out of the Rays' pen this season, working a 3.86 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP while fanning 11 batters in 14 innings. He'll join his old team and fill a major need for a Braves team that has been undermined by bullpen woes all season.
Venters recorded his fifth hold in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday, retiring the only batter he faced. Venters was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and put right to work. The southpaw was brought in specifically to face the same-handed Greg Bird, after which he was pulled for Sergio Romo, who played third base for that first out before returning to the mound. Venters is apparently fully recovered from the hamstring strain that sidelined him, and he's now generated seven consecutive scoreless appearances overall.
Venters (hamstring) will return from the disabled list Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Venters missed just over a month on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. After successfully making two rehab appearances, he'll return to the Rays' bullpen. The 33-year-old lefty has pitched in 21 games this season for the big club, posting a 3.95 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 11 strikeouts over 13.2 innings.
Venters (hamstring) started High-A Charlotte's win over Florida on Tuesday, allowing two hits over a scoreless opening frame while also recording three strikeouts. After a pair of rainouts Saturday and Monday, Venters finally was able to log his second rehab appearance. The veteran southpaw did scuffle a bit while throwing 26 pitches through his one inning, but he ultimately powered through by striking out the side. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Venters could be activated as soon as Wednesday.
Venters (hamstring) will pitch in a second rehab contest Monday with High-A Charlotte, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Manager Kevin Cash said that Venters could be back in Tampa Bay following Monday's outing if all goes according to plan. The left-hander was expected to pitch with the High-A club Saturday, but Charlotte's game was postponed due to inclement weather.