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Monday, August 4, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Jonny Venters encouraged after first mound work

By on 8/04/2014 11:15:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves lost to the San Diego Padres on Sunday by the score of 4-3 on a Everth Cabrera walk-off single in the 10th inning. The loss was the sixth straight for the Braves, who dropped to 58-54, second in the National League East. There was some good news on the injury front this weekend, as pitcher Jonny Venters was encouraged after his first mound work since June.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on July 31 that Venters has thrown long-toss and flat-ground drills with little to no discomfort, but has not yet thrown from a mound.

An update on Venters, as reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is that Venters made a significant step in his recovery throwing 15 pitches from the bullpen mound Friday at Petco Park. It was the first time he's thrown from a mound since having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow in June.

He threw at about 70-80 percent effort, but Venters was excited to be out there throwing, 15 months removed from his second Tommy John surgery.
I was excited to get out there and see what it felt like, and it felt normal, really. You always want to see how you feel the next day. So far I’m fine. So I’m going to go out and play catch, and hopefully get off the mound again here in the next couple of days.”
Manager Fredi Gonzalez has not put a timetable on Venters' return, he just wants him to get healthy again.
"I don’t want to put any undue pressure or undue expectations on Jonny by talking about it every time he throws a pen. I don’t think it’s fair to him. He’s battling second-time Tommy John and he's had some setbacks."
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. Venters 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.

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