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Johnny Venters decides to undergo a third Tommy John surgery

Aug 29, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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When they talk about the success rate for Tommy John surgery being high you tend to feel comforted. But high is not absolute, and occasionally there are cases like Johnny Venters. It was reported yesterday that Venters has suffered yet another torn ulnar collateral ligament. This afternoon Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Venters has decided to undergo a third Tommy John surgery.

Venters hasn’t pitched in a game since October of 2012. He had his first Tommy John surgery in 2005 when he was a 20-year-old at low Single-A. His second came in May of 2013 after a spring training filled with elbow soreness (and a couple of years of major overuse by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez). Now he goes under the knife again and, in all likelihood, won’t be pitching in actual baseball games until the 2016 season. That’s if he doesn’t have any setbacks.

Such a sad development for a guy who, for a while anyway, was one of the best relievers in the game.

  1. dlf9 - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Johnny Venters “couple of years of major overuse”

    In 2010, he pitched 83 innings in 79 games. He was used 3 (or more) days in a row 4 times all season: July 5-7, Aug 1-3, Aug 21-23, Sept 17-19, and Sept 25-28. He pitched in back to back games 29 times all season.

    In 2011, he pitched 88 innings in 85 games. He was used 3 (or more) days in a row 6 times all season: Apr 29-May1, May 10-12, June 7-9, July 7-9, July 20-22, Sept 7-9, Sept 12-14. He pitched in back-to-back games 33 times.

    In 2012, he pitched 58.2 innings in 66 games. He was used 3 (or more) days in a row 3 times all season: May 28-30, June 6-8, June 11-13, June 18-20. He pitched in back-to-back games 16 times.

    Sometimes pitchers break without an explanation or blame.

    • moogro - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      zowie

    • shyts7 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Craig getting owned again as the kids would say these days.

  2. yahmule - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    He’s gotta be closing in on the record. I would try to get the next one on my non-pitching arm to mix things up a bit.

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