Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley was ready to start pitching again while waiting for the results of a biopsy on two lumps that were surgically removed from his throat.
Kelley said Saturday that doctors took out a couple of “decent-sized” lumps Thursday after an initial biopsy before the surgery was inconclusive.
“I still don’t know the results of what’s in my throat, but it’s out and I’m going to get back to pitching for now,” he said. “We’ll find out when we find out, but for now I just want to get back to playing, and physically I feel good, I feel healthy.”
The 35-year-old right-hander, who pitched for the A’s for part of last season, expected to get the results from the latest biopsy early next week.
Kelley, who doesn’t use any kind of tobacco, said he noticed the issue early this season. He had the lumps checked this month after they got bigger and bothersome while trying to sleep.
“The doctors, from their experience and just looking at it and feeling it and all of that stuff, they don’t seem to be too concerned yet,” Kelley said.
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While Kelley talked about being activated from the injured list as early as Sunday, manager Chris Woodward said there were no plans to rush things. The manager wants to make sure Kelley is ready physically and mentally to get back on the mound, and mentioned Monday or Tuesday as the earliest for a return.
Venters released: Jonny Venters, the left-hander whose comeback from his third Tommy John surgery helped him win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award last year, was released by the Atlanta Braves.
The 34-year-old Venters had a 17.36 ERA after giving up nine earned runs in 4 ⅔ innings covering nine appearances.
The release came a day after Venters gave up four runs, none earned, on one hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning in the Braves’ 12-8 win over Milwaukee. With a 12-0 lead, the bullpen gave up eight runs.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said the decision was especially tough because “everybody respects and admires everything he went through to get back to the major leagues.”
The Braves recalled former A’s left-hander Jerry Blevins four days after he was designated for assignment.
Price back: Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price will return to the rotation for Monday’s series opener in Toronto. Manager Alex Cora confirmed the plan Saturday.
Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) has been sidelined with left elbow tendinitis since his last start on May 3.
Gregorius’ return: Didi Gregorius is projected to return to the New York Yankees next month, a faster recovery from Tommy John surgery than expected.
Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop Monday at extended spring training in Tampa, Fla., his first game action since surgery on Oct. 17 to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
“It’s a good step. We’re getting there. Everything feels really good,” Gregorius said Saturday after eight plate appearances during a simulated game in Tampa.
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