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Jonny Venters | Relief Pitcher | #49

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Indian River (FL) CC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 30 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Jonny Venters fell apart Wednesday, allowing three hits and five earned runs in just 1/3 of an inning in the Rays’ 11-2 loss to the Nationals.
Venters struck out one and walked two in his first career start. The left-hander just didn’t have it Wednesday, surrendering a leadoff single to Trea Turner, followed by a walk to Bryce Harper and a two-run double by Anthony Rendon. Just 11 of his 23 pitches went for strikes. Ryan Yarbrough did him no favors, allowing both inherited runners to score after entering with men on second and third with one out. Back in the majors following a six-year absence, Venters holds a lackluster 5.06 ERA over 15 appearances this season. The Rays may use him again as an "opener," but he’s best suited as a lefty specialist. Jun 6 - 4:51 PM

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Jonny Venters earned his first save since 2011 in the Rays' 1-0 defeat of the Athletics on Monday.

Venters was called into the game with two outs and a man on first in the bottom of the 13th inning and he struck out Matt Olson on seven pitches. Rays manager Kevin Cash figures to play the matchups at the back end of games with Alex Colome now wearing a Mariners uniform. Venters could certainly be trusted for more saves -- he has a 1.04 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in 8 2/3 innings this season -- but he'll probably be used as more of a lefty specialist. Chaz Roe and Jose Alvarado are the better bets for fantasy.
May 28 - 8:08 PM

Jonny Venters was credited with his first win in relief after getting two outs Tuesday against the Royals.

Congrats to Venters, who returned to the majors last month after a five-year absence. He's allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in his eight appearances for Tampa Bay.
May 15 - 11:21 PM

Rays purchased the contract of LHP Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham.

Venters is back in the majors for the first time since 2012. The 33-year-old southpaw has undergone three different Tommy John surgeries, but he was one of the best relievers in baseball before his elbow gave out. Venters, who owns a 2.23 ERA and 10.1 K/9 in 229 2/3 career major league innings, will likely work in a lefty setup role for Tampa Bay.
Apr 25 - 3:20 PM

Jonny Venters has been told that he won't make the Rays' Opening Day roster.

Venters, who has undergone three Tommy John surgeries, has allowed just two hits with a 5/2 K/BB ratio over seven scoreless innings this spring. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for him to win a spot in the Rays' bullpen. The 33-year-old has previously said that he would be willing to pitch at Triple-A Durham, though it's possible another team could come calling.
Mar 26 - 9:37 AM

Jonny Venters pitched his third scoreless inning of the spring Friday against the Twins.

One for each Tommy John surgery he's had in his career. Venters has a chance at winning a spot in the Rays bullpen if he can make it through March healthy. It'd be an amazing comeback from the former Braves reliever.
Mar 9 - 4:47 PM

Rays re-signed LHP Jonny Venters to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Venters hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2012, but the 32-year-old left-hander posted intriguing numbers this past season between four different levels of the Rays' farm system. It's feasible that he could make his triumphant return to the bigs in 2018, especially if Tampa Bay continues to unload relievers.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 01:08:00 PM

Rays re-signed LHP Jonny Venters to a minor league contract.

Venters is trying to work his way back from the third Tommy John surgery of his career. The left-hander will continue rehabbing under the Rays' umbrella.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 09:38:00 AM

Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his left elbow.

He suffered the injury last month while pitching for High-A Charlotte. Venters is debating whether to retire or undergo an unprecedented fourth Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old was once a dominant late-inning stopper for the Braves but his career has been derailed by chronic elbow injuries. Venters hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2012.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 05:42:00 PM

The Rays announced Saturday that Jonny Venters is dealing with a left UCL injury.

Just heartbreaking news for the left-hander who was in the process of working his way back from a third Tommy John surgery. He's apparently deciding what he wants to do, but he thought of a fourth Tommy John procedure has to be a tough pill to swallow.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 01:40:00 PM

Jonny Venters (elbow) is close to joining High-A Charlotte.

Venters has been at extended spring training as he works his way back from a third Tommy John surgery. The left-hander has reportedly been clocked in the upper-90s with his fastball, so he could be a weapon for the Rays eventually. However, the reliever is obviously a huge health risk.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 10:37:00 AM

Jonny Venters told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that his fastball has been clocked at 97-98 mph this spring.

That's what he was topping out at before he underwent a third Tommy John surgery in September of 2014. "I’m surprised. I feel it’s coming out as good as it ever had," he said. The plan is for Venters to face batters in six weeks and be ready to pitch in a game by June. It's a long shot that the lefty will be healthy and effective for the Rays this season, but that it appears his pre-surgery velocity is back is certainly encouraging.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 08:39:00 AM

Rays signed LHP Jonny Venters to a two-year minor league contract.

The two-year deal makes sense, as Venters is going to miss the 2015 season. He's undergone three Tommy John surgeries in his career. When healthy, Venters has shown a live arm, but at this point, you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. The Rays hope he can give them something in 2016. In 230 appearances with the Braves, Venters went 15-10 with a 2.23 ERA.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 09:02:00 AM

Braves released LHP Jonny Venters.

The 29-year-old hurler is expected to miss the entire 2015 season as he continues to recover from a third Tommy John surgery. Once healthy, he should be able to find an opportunity elsewhere on a minor league pact.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 08:25:00 AM

Braves designated LHP Jonny Venters for assignment.

Two Tommy John surgeries have kept Venters from pitching in the majors since 2012. The southpaw is expected to miss the 2015 season as well, and the Braves decided their 40-man roster spot could be better used.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 08:24:00 PM

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LF1Johnny Field
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