Skip to content

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

Aug 28, 2014, 5:17 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

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?

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Cubs shore up rotation with Jon Lester
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. W. Myers (5015)
  2. M. Kemp (3523)
  3. J. Kang (2743)
  4. J. Upton (2742)
  5. W. Middlebrooks (2660)
  1. C. McGehee (2656)
  2. M. Morse (2400)
  3. A. Rios (2357)
  4. C. Headley (2202)
  5. J. Peavy (1930)