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The Rays sign three-time Tommy John surgery veteran Johnny Venters

Johnny Venters was a truly great relief pitcher there for a while. But last year he was hit with his third torn ulnar collateral ligament and required his third Tommy John surgery. One assumed, when one read that, that his career was over. And it may, for all practical purposes be over. But he’s not giving up just yet, and baseball teams are not yet giving up on him:

Per game notes, the #Rays have signed LHP Johnny Venters to a two-year minor league deal. Venters is recovering from his third TJ surgery

— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) March 11, 2015

Venters, a lefty, hasn’t pitched in a game since October of 2012. He had his first Tommy John surgery in 2005 when he was a 20-year-old at low Single-A. His second came in May of 2013 after a spring training filled with elbow soreness (and a couple of years of major overuse by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez). Before that second surgery, however, he had a 2.22 ERA and 258 strikeouts in 230 innings for the Braves from 2010-2012 while averaging 94.5 miles per hour with his fastball.

Have left arm will travel. And best of luck to one of the unluckiest guys in the game.