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Jonny Venters | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jonny Venters has been shut down again due to lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.
He'll visit Dr. James Andrews later this week. Venters has struggled to make a full recovery from his second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and can probably be ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season. Aug 26 - 5:05 PM

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Jonny Venters (elbow) is hoping to face live hitters soon.

Making his way back from his second Tommy John surgery, Venters has been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks after recovering from a setback. He admits to still feeling some pain in his elbow but thinks it's just part of the healing process. "It’s part of the surgery," Venters said. "Having it twice, my elbow has been through a lot. There is a lot of stuff in there. I just look at is as you’ve got to get through it. It’s part of it."
Aug 17 - 9:53 AM

Jonny Venters (elbow) threw a light 15-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in June. The Braves remain hopeful of getting Venters back in September.
Aug 3 - 3:02 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Jonny Venters (elbow) could be ready for mound work during the team's July 29-August 6 road trip.

Venters long-tossed from 100 feet Friday as he ramps things back up following a platelet-rich plasma injection back in June. The lefty's recovery from Tommy John surgery hasn't gone smoothly, but the Braves haven't given up hope of him contributing this season.
Jul 25 - 4:43 PM

Jonny Venters (elbow) did some light tossing Saturday for the second straight day.

It's the first time he's thrown since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow last month. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the tossing wasn't technically part of Venters' rehab program, and it's not clear when the lefty will be cleared to ramp things up. At this point, the Braves would probably be happy to get Venters back at some point during the final month of the season.
Jul 20 - 9:19 AM

Jonny Venters will be sidelined for another 4-6 weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow.

Venters has dealt with soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow for a month now and simply couldn't get over the hump. Dr. James Andrews confirmed recently that the elbow was structurally sound, but the Braves are hoping the shot knocks out the soreness. Venters won't rejoin the big club's bullpen until the second half.
Jun 18 - 10:58 AM

Jonny Venters (elbow) did some light throwing Tuesday.

Venters had been shut down for 10 days due to some pain caused by scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left elbow. There's no timetable for the left-hander's return, but he's moving slowly but surely in the right direction.
Jun 4 - 11:27 AM

Jonny Venters felt more left elbow discomfort after throwing 15 pitches off a mound on Sunday.

Venters is hoping it was a result of scar tissue breaking up rather than something more serious. He will try to throw again later this week. There is no longer a timetable for the left-hander's return to the Braves. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2012 due to a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
May 26 - 10:31 AM

Jonny Venters (elbow) plans to throw off of a mound on Sunday.

Venters noted Saturday that his elbow soreness is now gone and that he hopes to start throwing live batting practice at some point next week. There's still no timetable for his return, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
May 24 - 2:32 PM

Jonny Venters has been cleared to resume throwing after an exam revealed a minor strain of the flexor muscle in his left elbow.

Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow, but he's avoided a serious setback. "He said my elbow looks as good as he's ever seen it over the past couple of years," Venters said. "I'm excited about what he told me and I'm looking forward to getting back on the mound."
May 20 - 9:01 PM

Jonny Venters (elbow) hopes to be cleared to resume throwing soon after visiting with doctors Monday.

Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow. "There was a tiny bit of swelling the next day but nothing alarming and within two days the soreness was gone," Venters said. "It’s been normal for the past few days. I’m going to see the doctor today and hopefully start throwing again as soon as they think is right — hopefully in the next couple days start playing catch and building back up."
May 19 - 7:25 PM

Jonny Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow.

It doesn't sound like a major setback but rather a minor bump in the road that many experience in their recovery from Tommy John surgery. It's not clear when Venters will resume throwing. The Braves have been hoping to get the southpaw back sometime next month.
May 18 - 12:01 PM

Jonny Venters (elbow) will throw live batting practice on Friday.

It will be one day after the one-year anniversary of Venters' Tommy John surgery. A rehab assignment for the reliever isn't too far off, but he's not expected to rejoin the Braves' bullpen until at least mid-June. "I don’t even know that far ahead when he’ll start his rehab assignment," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But that’s a big step when we feel comfortable enough to start throwing batting practice."
May 11 - 9:43 AM

Jonny Venters (elbow) has started throwing breaking balls in his bullpen sessions as he returns from Tommy John surgery.

He's still at least a month away from a return to the Braves, but Venters is throwing regular bullpen sessions every three days. The Tommy John surgery on May 16 of last year was Venters' second of his career.
May 7 - 8:25 PM

Braves placed LHP Jonny Venters on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a left elbow injury.

Venters won't be ready to rejoin the Braves bullpen for a couple of months still, as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 23 - 4:37 PM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
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9Jonny Venters
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