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Jonny Venters leaves game with an elbow sprain

Mar 26, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

Bad news for the Braves’ bullpen:

Jonny, that is.

Venters has been a concern for a while, spending part of last season on the DL with a sore left elbow.  He feels like a major injury waiting to happen.  Which definitely hurts the Braves’ bullpen.  Other options for the roster now, assuming Venters hits the DL: Cristian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro. And of course Eric O’Flaherty and Jordan Walden are still around to set up for Craig Kimbrel. Assuming Walden’s back doesn’t act up.

So, yeah. Ugh.

  1. mscott4 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    The tweet say sprain while your headline says strain. Big difference between the two.

  2. alexo0 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I bet Fredi Gonzalez was taken completely by surprise by this.

  3. El Bravo - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I believe in french this is a “le bummer”.

  4. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Bill James is right, two years and done. Makes you wonder why people like Minor are trying to throw a sinker. Bill James is right more than wrong about ball players.

    • illegalblues - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      i don’t know if the sinker is to blame. that’s one violent arm action. hope it’s not too serious.

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Actually, there is no evidence that James was right, and some evidence that GB pitchers get hurt slightly less often. I know this seems crazy to many people, but before drawing a conclusion (and because there is data available to test James’ postulate), Bill Petti decided to do a quick study to see if there was any evidence of this: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/is-bill-james-right-about-ground-ball-pitchers-and-injuries/

      Conclusion: there isn’t. Of course, this didn’t stop many commenters on the article to continue to throw out reasons why GB pitchers might get hurt more often….even though evidence strong suggests that they do not and that they typically get hurt slightly less often (and less severely) than do other pitchers.

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Also….James is wrong much more often that he is right. But, of course, this is typical when you are thinking new thoughts, most new ideas are wrong, but you won’t know until you come up with them and test them.

  5. gallaghedj311 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Where’s the “Like” button?

  6. youalldrinkhaterade - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Wonder how a Braves homer like you is able to have a job where you, we’ll, can’t be a homer

  7. psychranger - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    The way JV threw in the Minors as a starter and the way he threw to make the Braves roster as a RP were completely different. He had an avg fastball in the Minors, 88-90 mph and was a control pitcher. We were all shocked to see him hitting mid 90’s with a really hard arm whip and throwing lots more sliders and sinkers. Even my wife told me she was worried his arm wasn’t gonna hold up. Sadly, he was never a stud in the minors and I know the success he did have with the Braves was by throwing as hard as he could every pitch. Now he’s paying the price and it’s a real concern whether he’ll ever be that same rookie phenom again. We wish him well!

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