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Jonny Venters will see Dr. James Andrews

Mar 30, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

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Jonny Venters, dealing with a sore left elbow, will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Though it’s never a good sign when your pitcher has to stop by Andrews’ office, the Braves aren’t worried yet. Via David O’Brien:

The Braves are cautiously optimistic about their lefty setup man, but didn’t want to speculate much about the injury.

“It seems like a sprain of some sort, or strain,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We’ll let Jim Andrews tell us what his findings are once he sees him. Until Jim sees him, we just won’t know.”

Over the last three seasons, Venters has established himself as one of the best lefty relievers in the game, posting an aggregate 2.23 ERA in 230 innings. Though losing Venters hurts, the Braves still have two other lefties in the bullpen in Eric O’Flaherty and Luis Avilan.

  1. UgglasForearms - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Oh God!!!

  2. vpisteve99 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Usually means: best case scenario is TJ surgery, worst case scenario sits on DL, rehabs, comes back and pitches awful, then TJ surgery.

    • UgglasForearms - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Then out a year or more 😦

  3. alexo0 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The way Gonzalez worked him the last few years, this was inevitable.

  4. officialgame - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I got buried by Braves fans last two year for saying Veters was being abused by the team and that he would never see a big pay day for his services. Well Veters was abused, is now hurt and there is a good chance he will never see that big pay day anytime soon.

  5. spudchukar - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Not sure what equivalency there is to “A visit to Dr. Andrews”, but it certainly rivals a death knell for a big league pitcher.

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