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Jonny Venters shut down for four weeks with elbow injury

Apr 2, 2013, 2:48 PM EST

Braves' Venters walks back to mound after allowing a run on a single by Phillies' Ibanez during eighth inning of their MLB National League game in Atlanta Reuters

The good news is that Jonny Venters‘ trip to see Dr. James Andrews hasn’t resulted in elbow surgery.

The bad news is that Andrews injected Venters’ elbow with platelet-rich plasma and the Braves left-hander has been shut down for four weeks.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Venters would then begin a throwing program, which likely means he’s at least six weeks away from potentially getting back on a mound and seemingly rules him out for all of April and May.

Atlanta has the bullpen depth to handle Venters’ absence, but he’s definitely a huge loss after posting a 2.23 ERA and 258 strikeouts in 230 innings through his first three seasons. During that three-year span Venters made 230 appearances, which was the second-most in baseball.

  1. bellweather22 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Hopefully Freddie Gonzalez has learned not to overuse his bullpen like he did in 2011. Venters just threw too many innings that year and missed a fair amount of last year with arm injuries.

  2. aceshigh11 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    So…Dr. James Andrews has basically attained the status of a white wizard at this point, right?

  3. knowlegeforyou - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Freddie and Bobby misused him. Same thing with Peter Moylan.

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