The Atlanta Braves will shut down left-handed reliever Jonny
Venters for four weeks after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday
from Dr. James Andrews in his ailing elbow, according to Mark Bowman of
Venters will be shut down for four weeks. Dr. Andrews injected him with a platelet-rich plasma this morning.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 2, 2013
The Braves will shut Venters down four weeks before
evaluating his injury. If he’s able to resume a throwing program immediately following
the four weeks of rest, the best-case scenario for his return would likely be
around six weeks from now.
Venters dealt with discomfort in his throwing arm this spring and was recently diagnosed with a sprained elbow. He was expected to
begin the season on the disabled list, and the Braves sent him to Dr. Andrews
for examination. While the four week shutdown doesn’t qualify as good news, at
least the left-hander wasn’t diagnosed with a more severe injury that required
After being solid over his first two seasons with the
Braves, Venters was inconsistent last season. The 28-year-old owns a career ERA
of 2.23 over three seasons in the majors.
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