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  1. Cory Gearrin may undergo Tommy John surgery with partial ligament tear in right elbow

    Apr 5, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Cory Gearrin Getty

    The Braves have been sending a lot of pitchers to the operating table. What’s one more?

  2. Will the Braves be able to lock up their core?

    Feb 2, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    The Braves’ winter full of arbitration cases was an indication of the problems lurking just beyond the horizon — their core of young, talented players is starting to get very expensive, and inching ever closer to free agency. The organization has been among the more thrifty in Major League Baseball lately, keeping a payroll below…

  3. Braves avoid arbitration with Jonny Venters, Ramiro Pena

    Dec 2, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jonny Venters Getty

    With the non-tender deadline tonight the Braves have avoided arbitration with reliever Jonny Venters and utility infielder Ramiro Pena by signing them to one-year deals. Venters was once a dominant setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel, but wore down under extremely heavy usage and missed all of this year following Tommy John elbow surgery. He’ll…

  4. With Craig Kimbrel watching, Braves blow late lead

    Oct 8, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Juan Uribe, Yasiel Puig

    Craig Kimbrel hadn’t pitched two innings in a game since 2011, and the Braves weren’t about to have him try to get six outs now. It’s a decision they’ll think about all winter after Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead two-run homer off David Carpenter, leading the Dodgers past the Braves and into the NLCS on…

  5. Alex Rodriguez passes Lou Gehrig as all-time grand slam leader

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v New York Yankees

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez put his team up 5-1 with a seventh-inning grand slam against Giants reliever George Kontos. The slam was Rodriguez’s 24th of his career, overtaking Yankees great Lou Gehrig’s Major League record. David Robertson and Mariano Rivera teamed up to keep the Giants off the board in the eighth and ninth…

  6. The Braves likely to pursue Kevin Gregg

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are interested in Cubs’ reliever Kevin Gregg: The Braves are among the many teams expected to show interest in Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who owns a 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez utilized Gregg as his closer while they were together with the Marlins…

  7. Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty to undergo Tommy John surgery

    May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    After Jonny Venters underwent Tommy John surgery last week, another Braves’ reliever is headed for the same fate. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, left-hander Eric O’Flaherty will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery tomorrow. It doesn’t come as a big surprise, as he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his…

  8. Eric O’Flaherty has torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow, Tommy John surgery next?

    May 18, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    UPDATE: It looks like Eric O’Flaherty is facing the worst-case scenario, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He’ll see Dr. James Andrews next week, but it would be a surprise if Tommy John surgery wasn’t the next step. The…

  9. Jonny Venters undergoes second Tommy John surgery

    May 16, 2013, 1:48 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

    No official announcement has been made, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves setup man Jonny Venters is expected to have Tommy John elbow surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews. This would be Venters’ second Tommy John surgery, with the first coming in 2005 when he was a 20-year-old at low Single-A. He’ll…

  10. Jonny Venters to pay another visit to Dr. James Andrews

    May 13, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Jonny Venters AP

    Jonny Venters was a workhorse in the Braves bullpen from 2010-2012, but he has yet to pitch this season due to a sore left elbow. And there’s a chance we might not see him again until 2014. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Venters is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Thursday. The 28-year-old…

  11. Jason Heyward could be activated as soon as Monday

    May 9, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward AP

    While the Braves aren’t any closer to getting left-hander Jonny Venters back from an elbow injury, their lineup could receive a nice boost in the coming days. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Heyward went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts today in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A…

  12. Jonny Venters has setback with elbow

    May 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Jonny Venters Getty

    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…

  13. The Orioles trade Luis Ayala to the Braves

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Wait … he’s not an Upton. I don’t understand: The Braves have acquired veteran RHP Luis Ayala from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league LHP Chris Jones. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 10, 2013 Apparently the impetus for this is that the Orioles need to free up roster space for Chris Dickerson or…

  14. Jonny Venters shut down for four weeks with elbow injury

    Apr 2, 2013, 2:48 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

    The good news is that Jonny Venters‘ trip to see Dr. James Andrews hasn’t resulted in elbow surgery. The bad news is that Andrews injected Venters’ elbow with platelet-rich plasma and the Braves left-hander has been shut down for four weeks. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Venters would then begin a throwing program, which…

  15. Jonny Venters will see Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Jonny Venters, dealing with a sore left elbow, will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Though it’s never a good sign when your pitcher has to stop by Andrews’ office, the Braves aren’t worried yet. Via David O’Brien: The Braves are cautiously optimistic about their lefty setup man, but didn’t want to speculate much about…

  16. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  17. Eric O’Flaherty signs a deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    O'Flaherty_Eric

    The Braves, as mentioned earlier, are a file-and-trial team, so it’s significant that they and setup man  Eric O’Flaherty have reached a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. No word on the dollars yet, but he made just under $2.5 million last season. As Mark Bowman reports, the Braves still have Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, Kris Medlen, Jonny Venters…

  18. Braves throw away their postseason hopes in loss to Cardinals

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    As tempting as it is to blame Fredi Gonzalez for managing a winner-take-all game as if it were just another regular-season game or umpire Sam Holbrook for his brutal infield-fly call, the fact that the Braves lost to the Cardinals 6-3 on Friday can be chalked up to poor defense from a team that made…

  19. Tim Byrdak diagnosed with capsule tear in shoulder, likely headed for surgery

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak Getty

    Tim Byrdak leads the majors with 56 appearances this season and is second only to Jonny Venters with 128 appearances dating back to the start of last season. Unfortunately he has paid the price for his heavy workload. According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets announced this evening that Byrdak was diagnosed…

  20. Eight walks + seven steals = 7-1 loss for Marlins

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    The  Marlins worked seven walks against the Braves’ Tommy Hanson on Wednesday and followed  those up with many of their seven steals, yet they still ended up losing 7-1. With two apiece from Jose Reyes and Donovan Solano (Hanley Ramirez‘s replacement at third base), the Marlins became the first team this year to swipe seven…

  21. Braves activate Jonny Venters from disabled list

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters Getty

    Jonny Venters tossed a scoreless inning last night in his first rehab appearance last night with Triple-A Gwinnett. He was originally expected to make two appearances before returning from the disabled list, but the Braves have decided to activate him for today’s doubleheader against the Nationals. Matt Diaz was placed on the disabled list with…

  22. Heavy workload catches up to Jonny Venters and his elbow

    Jul 5, 2012, 1:50 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

    Jonny Venters‘ left arm may have finally succumbed to the strain of his heavy workloads, as the Braves placed the setup man on the disabled list with an elbow impingement. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes that there has never been any talk of Venters being hurt until now, but there have been…

  23. The Braves ended the Yankees’ 10-game winning streak last night

    Jun 20, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves' Heyward, Bourn and Prado celebrate their win against the New York Yankees in their MLB Interleague baseball game in New York

    The Yankees have been so good recently that it’s actually news when they lose a game. After winning 10 straight games, the Bombers were cut down 4-3 by the Braves last night. The Yankees had plenty of chances, especially early on against Tim Hudson, but went just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. They also…

  24. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals 2, Brewers 1: Luis Mendoza took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it was still close as prodigal Royal Zack Greinke was pretty sharp too, striking out eight and allowing one run over seven innings. Billy Butler‘s RBI single in the eighth was the difference. White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Paul Konerko is batting…

  25. Alex Rodriguez hits record-tying 23rd grand slam

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the Yankees’ comeback win over the Braves on Tuesday, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in history. A-Rod’s homer off Jonny Venters in the eighth gave the Bombers their first four runs, tying the game. The Yankees went on to win 6-4. The grand slam crown…

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