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Jonny Venters suffered a minor setback during Wednesday’s bullpen

May 18, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Braves reliever Jonny Venters suffered a minor setback during his first live bullpen session on Wednesday. The lefty felt soreness in his elbow due to the increased activity and the Braves cut the session short as a result.

Venters, 29, hasn’t pitched since the end of the 2012 season and underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on May 16 last year. The Braves were hoping to get him back at some point in June. In three seasons with the Braves leading up to the injury, Venters posted a 2.23 ERA with a 258/110 K/BB ratio in 229 2/3 innings.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - May 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Before Braves fans start crying, let me remind you pitchers don’t get elbow injuries from going to church or volunteering at a soup kitchen. They get them from bad mechanics or the fact their elbow cannot withstand the wear-and-tear of the game. These baseball-relevant factors need to be considered when evaluating a team’s roster. A team is “unlucky” if their ace gets hit by a bus, not if he needs TJ. A player’s durability is part of his complete package.

    • gothapotamus90210 - May 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      My apologies to the downvoters, I should have referenced a nondenominational place of worship.

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