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Jonny Venters has setback with elbow

May 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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Jonny Venters managed to avoid surgery on his left elbow following a visit to Dr. James Andrews last month, but his attempt to rehab the injury has hit a snag.

Venters threw off the mound today for the first time since he received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his elbow four weeks ago, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that he had to shut it down after about 10 pitches due to soreness. It’s not clear what the next step will be, but he said that it “just didn’t feel very good.”

Venters was an important cog in the Braves’ bullpen from 2010-2012, posting a 2.30 ERA over 230 appearances. Only Reds’ left-hander Sean Marshall (231 appearances) pitched in more games during the same timespan. It appears that the heavy workload may be catching up with him.

  1. tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Sorry Jonny. We all know it’s getting near the time to get under the knife.

  2. rob0527 - May 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Could u say Pedro Feliciano? There r only so many pitches in your arm.

  3. alexo0 - May 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Thank you Fredi G.

    • evanwins - May 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      He’s doing the exact same thing this year too, with O’Flaherty and Kimbrel.

      Then they wonder why they meltdown in September.

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