Feb 16, 2014; Lake Buena Vistas, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters (39) smiles during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves Pitcher Schedule To Throw Off Mound


March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters (39) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters (39) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, Jonny Venters, has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound with limited effort on Wednesday.  This is another positive step in the return of the 28-year-old to the bullpen.

The left-hander had Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in May of 2013.  The procedure was performed in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews.

Venters is attempting to return to baseball following his second Tommy John surgery.  Dr. Andrews also performed the first Tommy John surgery on Venters when he was a minor leaguer in 2005.

The Braves are taking a slower approach with Venters this time around and they have had a detailed schedule of each step in the process.

“The way I went about [rehab] was so much different than the first time,” Venters said.  “From Day 1 of the throwing program the first time, I was trying to throw hard and constantly pushing.  I was constantly sore and never feeling good.  My main goal is once I get on the mound, just to be able to find my delivery and be able to repeat it.  Once I start throwing harder, it’ll just be that much easier to repeat, and stuff like that.”

Venters is hoping to join Atlanta’s bullpen in late May or early June.

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