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Jonny Venters re-tears elbow ligament, may need third Tommy John surgery

Aug 28, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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

This is just sad.

Braves left-hander Jonny Venters‘ comeback from the second Tommy John elbow surgery of his career has been halted to due another torn ulnar collateral ligament. Which means the once-dominant setup man may be headed for a third Tommy John surgery.

Venters had a 2.22 ERA and 258 strikeouts in 230 innings for the Braves from 2010-2012 while averaging 94.5 miles per hour with his fastball, but hasn’t pitched since October 3, 2012 and is now looking at the possibility of a third consecutive lost season with his 30th birthday around the corner.

  1. ezthinking - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Done. And that is sad.

  2. El Bravo - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM


  3. jolink653 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    That’s really sad. You hate to see things like this happen to people regardless of what team you root for

  4. vanmorrissey - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Clear message being sent to just shut it down. Too bad, he was great.

  5. realgone2 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Man that sucks. Sad to hear that. He was really good

  6. phillphan - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Wonder if Gonzalez feels bad for overusing him for a couple of years? He is more responsible for this than anything else. If I’m Kimbrel, I’d want as far away from him as possible

    • dlf9 - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Not that facts will sway you, but …

      Venters threw 83 and 88 innings in the two “overworked” seasons (a di minimus amount over 1 IP/G) and Kimbrel’s high is 77 with the last two years under 70 as well as on a pace for mid 60s again this year. If this is overuse, than any pitching is overuse.

    • chc4 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      You’re an idiot. And a Philly fan. Shocking coincidence.

  7. Ren - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Hope you get well soon Venters.

  8. shanabartels - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    That’s awful news. At that point, I guess they can’t harvest any more ligaments from the patient’s leg — TJ surgery number three probably requires a ligament from a cadaver, I would assume. But I’m not a doctor.

  9. chc4 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Jose Rijo had TJS five times. How crazy is that?

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