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"While Venters and Minor threw off a mound for the first time this year, Floyd and Vasquez were introduced to a more competitive setting, as they threw live batting practice for the first time since coming to Spring Training with the hope of showing why they were considered the two key offseason additions to Atlanta's pitching staff."Here is more on each pitcher via Bowman.
Minor threw a 21-pitch bullpen session and reported no pain in his left shoulder, which has felt sore for most of camp. Minor says that he has more trouble regaining his mechanics after a month-long layoff (due to a urinary tract procedure in December) than he has with the shoulder itself. Once he remasters his mechanics, he can then progress toward pitching in a game.
Vasquez threw batting practice on Wednesday, and he showed no signs of discomfort. He strained his right lat during Winter Ball, but he has gotten his fastball back into the mid-90s. He may get some exhibition game action before too long.
Floyd and Venters are both due back in May. Floyd has begun throwing bating practice, and -- according to Bowman -- could pitch in games before too long. He will likely start the season in the Minors but join the Braves' rotation in early May.
Meanwhile, Venters threw off a mound on Wednesday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery last May, his second such surgery. It was a short session but a huge step in his recovery. The Braves expect him back near the end of May.
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