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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Jonny Venters shut down again with elbow discomfort

By on 8/27/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves are in good position in the National League wild card race with a little more than a month remaining, but they are in danger of falling out of the race in the National League East. One aspect of the team keeping them afloat is a pitching staff which is fifth in the league in ERA. There is some bad news on the injury front, as Jonny Venters, who has been battling his way back from elbow surgery, has again been shut down.

I reported on August 4 that Venters, who had thrown long-toss and flat-ground drills with little to no discomfort, threw 15 pitches from the bullpen mound at 70 to 80 percent effort. It was the first time Venters had thrown from a mound since having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow in June.

David O'Brien, who covers the Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tweeted the following update on Venters.
Venters was 4-4 with a 1.95 ERA as a rookie in 2010. He was an All-Star in 2011 when he had a record of 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA, and was solid in 2012, but not nearly as dominant the previous two seasons. In 66 games, he was 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA and allowed more hits than innings pitched.  In 230 career games, Venters is 15-10 with a 2.23 ERA.

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