Jun 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters (39) throws in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Reactions After Atlanta Braves Pitcher Jonny Venters Throws Bullpen


Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters is trying to recover from his second Tommy John surgery but a setback could have occurred on Sunday.

Venters threw an approximate 15 pitch bullpen in front of coaches at Turner Field on Sunday but around the 15th pitch he experience discomfort in his left elbow.  He described the pain as a comparable one to the last time he was on the mound May 15th during a live batting practice.

Jonny is attempting to do something few pitchers have accomplished and that is to return to the mound after having the second TJ surgery.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported that team doctors have said that there is no structural damage with Jonny’s elbow and that the discomfort is more than likely a sign of scar tissue build up that is affecting his flexor tendon.

“I guess the scar tissue is attached to the flexor [muscle],” Venters said.  “When it starts to pull away, it creates some strain.  It’s one of those things you have to battle through, get through it and get better for it.”

The 29-year old lefty had the goal of returning the to Braves bullpen by mid-June but that seems to be unrealistic now with this setback.  Jonny will rest his arm this week and will probably try to throw again later this week or during the weekend.

“We’re just playing it day by day and when it starts to feel good again, throw again,” Venters said.  “It’s one of those things you’ve got to battle through and be better for it.  But it’s just a little sore.”

As the Braves bullpen continues to not be what it was last season, a healthy Jonny Venters return would be a huge lift in sprits.

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  • fireboss

    Second TJ surgeries are a roll of the dice and rushing a player back -yes a year is rushing after TJ 2- is just silly. Relievers have better chances of coming back than starters after 2 but Venters signature sinker negates that advantage. Scar tissue adhesions are painful and multiply after a second surgery. If we get him back after the ASG that’s a really good result.

    • jajabee

      “Relievers have better chances of coming back than starters” Backed up by what? Omitting guys that have had second surgery in last two years and are rehabbing, 30 pitchers have had two surgeries. Only a handful were ever MLB starters, and none of them were even league average when they were injured a second time. “Venters signature sinker negates that advantage.” Bullshit. SInkers are not any more stressful on the elbow than any other pitch, and I have never seen anyone say otherwise. The only pitch there is anything like some evidence to support such a claim against it is: the four-seam fastball. Quit making things up.