There has been no official announcement made as of this post, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported on Twitter that there is an expectation that Jonny Venters will have to undergo his 2nd Tommy John surgery. You will recall that Venters underwent his first TJS in 2005 while a young, 20 year old playing class A ball. After recovering from that surgery, the Atlanta Braves relief pitcher has been brilliant throughout the majority of his career.
If in fact Venters has to have a 2nd surgery, he would be expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season, and most likely the majority of next year as well. Although Johnny experienced some uncharacteristic struggles during spring training, he has been incredible in a stretch between 2010 and 2012, throwing 230 innings with a low 2.23 ERA. During that same stretch, opponents have only hit an average of .212 against him, and Venters delivered an amazing 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Check back often for any further updates regarding the young ace reliever.