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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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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. Nov 22 - 8:25 AM

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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.
Nov 19 - 8:24 PM

Braves activated LHP Jonny Venters from the 60-day disabled list.

The 29-year-old southpaw tore his UCL while rehabbing from a second Tommy John surgery, and decided to undergo the procedure for a third time. Venters, who is arbitration eligible this winter, is expected to miss the entirety of the 2015 season.
Oct 31 - 11:01 PM

Jonny Venters (elbow) has decided to undergo a third Tommy John surgery.

Venters has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career and found out from an MRI on Thursday that his UCL snapped again. The odds are long that he'll ever make it back and be effective, and if he does we're unlikely to see him before 2016. Venters is arbitration-eligible for a fine time this winter.
Aug 29 - 4:31 PM

Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.

Awful news for Venters, who has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He'll now need a third operation if he hopes to continue his career.
Aug 28 - 4:56 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Evan Gattis
2Ryan Doumit
3Zoilo Almonte
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Yean Carlos Gil
6Tyrell Jenkins
7Williams Perez
8Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Shae Simmons
4James Russell
5David Hale
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Jaime
8Chasen Shreve
9Jim Johnson
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Michael Kohn
12Ian Thomas
13Brandon Cunniff
14Donnie Veal