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39 Jonny Venters RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 3/20/1985 | Birthplace: Pikeville, KY | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Atlanta | College: Indian River CC (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $1,625,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 330.71
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Jonny Venters set to throw off mound Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:05 pm ET) Braves pitcher Jonny Venters has felt good with his long toss exercises and will begin throwing off a mound Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Venters hasn't pitched since 2012 after facing a long recovery from his second Tommy John surgery. Saturday's mound work will be a big test.


Jonny Venters nearing a bullpen session


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Braves pitcher Jonny Venters is nearing a bullpen session, according to MLB.com.

Venters was able to throw from 100 feet Friday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Venters could start throwing bullpen sessions on the team's next road trip. Venters has missed the entire season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.


Jonny Venters throws in back-to-back days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters, who had a platelet-rich plasma injection in early June. threw for the second straight day on Saturday, MLB.com reports. Venters tossed 20-25 pitches from a distance of 60 feet.

Venters is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. He began a throwing program early June and remains without a timetable for return.

"The program will gradually increase in distance and effort," Venters said. "Build the arm speed back up, and then you get on the mound. So I have no idea about a time frame or anything like that. I've just got to build it back up."

Jonny Venters likely at least a month away from returning


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The return of Braves reliever Jonny Venters is still at least 4-6 weeks away, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection that will take at least that long to take full effect.

His elbow has been checked and the ligament deemed fine, but Venters is still experiencing soreness.


Jonny Venters begins light throwing program


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters has begun a throwing program as he treads lightly in seeking a return to the mound after underoing Tommy John surgery a year ago.

Venters tossed a few pitches Tuesday after spending 10 days inactive due to the appearance of scar tissue on his surgically repaired elbow, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Jonny Venters having more elbow discomfort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters said he felt more discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow after throwing 15 pitches off a mound Sunday, per MLB.com. Doctors told Venters the elbow remains sound, and he's likely dealing with scar tissue that is bothering his flexor muscle.

Venters will try to rest his elbow and keep hope going that he will be able to return from his second Tommy John surgery.


Jonny Venters ready to resume activity


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters has reported that the elbow soreness that had been plaguing him recently is gone, per The Fan-680. Venters added that he plans on throwing off the mound Sunday and follow with live BP next week.

Venters is coming off Tommy John surgery that has prevented him from pitching in a major league game since 2012.


Jonny Venters checks out OK after elbow scare


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Doctors told Braves reliever Jonny Venters his elbow checked out OK after he experienced some soreness following a recent throwing session. He expects to play catch in a day or two, and then get back on the mound for a bullpen session this weekend.

Jonny Venters gets checked out by team doctors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters was re-examined by team doctors on Monday in hopes of being cleared to resume throwing, the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Venters, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last year, experienced some soreness in his elbow by the 10th pitch of his first 25-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday.

"There was a tiny bit of swelling the next day but nothing alarming and within two days the soreness was gone," Venters said. "It's been normal for the past few days. I’m going to see the doctor today and hopefully start throwing again as soon as they think is right — hopefully in the next couple days start playing catch and building back up."

Jonny Venters has first live BP session cut short


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters had his first live batting practice session Wednesday end early due to elbow soreness from increased activity, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Venters is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last year.

Jonny Venters to throw batting practice Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Braves pitcher Jonny Venters is nearing another milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as he will face live hitters for the first time next week.

Venters is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice Friday at the Braves spring training facility. This will likely be the last step before he moves on to exhibition games, though he will likely need to make at least four batting practice appearances before taking that step. 


Johnny Venters making progress in his recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Braves reliever Johnny Venters has begun working breaking balls into his throwing sessions, a big step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Venters told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he has yet to have any problems while throwing breaking balls. He has proceeded to throw breaking balls in bullpen sessions, which he has been tossing every three days as part of his recovery.

"It’s been feeling good," Venters said. "Hopefully keep getting better and have it respond quicker and quicker. There are going to be days when you're sore and days when you feel good. Going to keep grinding and follow the protocol."

Venters is nearing the one-year anniversary of his surgery, but remains another month or so away from making a return, at least. 


Braves place five pitchers on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Braves announced Sunday they placed five pitchers on the 15-day disabled list. All moves were retroactive to March 21.

Two of the pitchers going on the disabled list were Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen, who are both out for the season following Tommy John surgery. The three other pitchers going on the DL are Mike Minor (left shoulder tendinitis), Gavin Floyd (right elbow) and Jonny Venters (left elbow).

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Minor and Floyd could join the rotation by late April, if they suffer no setbacks. Floyd is scheduled to pitch two innings in a minor-league game Friday, and Minor will do the same Saturday.


Jonny Venters to throw off a mound Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters will throw off a mound Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Venters will be throwing with limited effort. He's attempting to return after having his second Tommy John surgery. Venters is hoping to return to action in May or June. Venters posted a 3.22 ERA in 58 2/3 innings in 2012.


Jonny Venters OK with slow rehab process


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters (elbow) is slated to throw off a mound March 5 following two more weeks long tossing, according to MLB.com. Venters is on a slower rehab pace than the first time he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005.

"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."


Jonny Venters looking to return in late May, early June


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Braves reliever Jonny Venters is looking to return in late May or early June, according to MLB.com.

Venters is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He's been able to long toss without pain, and appears to be making progress. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.


Jonny Venters gets a one-year deal


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/13/2013) The Braves signed reliever Jonny Venters to a one-year deal worth $1.625 million, avoiding arbitration, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Venters is working on returning from his second Tommy John surgery, and he could be ready as soon as late April. He did not pitch at all during the 2013 season and had surgery in May.


Jonny Venters cleared to play catch


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Braves pitcher Jonny Venters was cleared to begin playing catch from a distance of 30 feet Tuesday. It was the first time he's thrown since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

Venters is hoping to pitch again in the majors in June, according to MLB.com.


Jonny Venters has Tommy John surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) Braves reliever Jonny Venters underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday for the second time in his career. He first had the surgery after the 2005 season.

The list of players who have successfully come back from two Tommy John surgeries is not encouraging, and Venters will face a tough road back to the majors. Joakim Soria has yet to return from his second Tommy John surgery. Brian Wilson is looking for a team. The only pitcher to return effectively from two Tommy John surgeries is Chris Capuano.

The timetable after Tommy John surgery is typically at least a year after surgery. It could take longer since it's the second time he's undergone the procedure. 


Jonny Venters to see Dr. James Andrews


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Braves reliever Jonny Venters is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Venters, who has yet to pitch this season, experienced soreness in his elbow after throwing 15 pitches off a mound Friday. 

Johnny Venters throws 15 pitches off mound


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2013) Braves reliever Johnny Venters threw 15 pitches off a mound Friday and said the ball came out of his hand "great," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He is still dealing with soreness and will be re-evaluated Saturday.

Johnny Venters returns to the mound, briefly


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2013) Braves reliever Johnny Venters threw off a mound for the first time since being shut down in late March, but he had to cut his session short. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Venters was set to throw 15-20 pitches off the mound, but had to cut it short due to soreness.

"It just didn't feel very good," Venters said.

It is not clear when he will try to take the mound next. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow early in April, and has been throwing over the last few weeks. 


Jonny Venters ready to throw off mound


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Braves reliever Jonny Venters will throw off a mound Thursday for the first time since being shut down to rest his elbow in late March, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Venters has been on the 15-day disabled list all season.

Jonny Venters playing catch from 60 feet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2013) Braves reliever Jonny Venters (elbow) felt no discomfort while throwing from 60 feet Tuesday, per MLB.com. It was the first time he played catch since landing on the disabled list in March.

Jonny Venters to resume throwing Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2013) Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters is scheduled to begin a light throwing program Tuesday.

"Tuesday’s the day," Venters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It’ll be real easy stuff at first. I think the first day is two sets at 45 feet. Hopefully it moves along quickly. I’m not sure exactly what the program is, but hopefully by that second week I’ll be stretching it out and throwing hard."

Venters was shut down after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in early April. He's hoping to return in mid-May.