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Chipper Jones says it was ''weird'' to be at Turner Field for his first opening day as a retired player.
Jones, wearing his old Braves jersey, threw out the first pitch before the Atlanta Braves' opening game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. He threw a strike to Brian McCann.
Jones retired after last season, ending a career that lasted almost two decades - all with the Braves. Jones said before the game, ''I'm missing it today, but I won't miss it tomorrow.''
He says he's picking Washington to win the NL East and ''it's a coin flip'' between the Braves and Phillies for second.
Jones also visited the Braves' spring training as a guest instructor. The Braves plan to retire Jones' No. 10 on June 28.
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The Atlanta Braves are in serious limbo regarding the sprained left elbow of Jonny Venters. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, ajc.com reports, but stories differ on the diagnosis.
Dave O’Brien reports that a source close to the situation said surgery hasn’t been ruled out for Venters, but that the diagnosis is “undetermined.”
MLB Network, meanwhile, reports...
The latest news on Braves reliever Jonny Venters is not encouraging. Venters met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.
Andrews performed ligament-replacement surgery on Venters’ left elbow in 2005.
The best case scenario for Venters is a disabled list stint of a month notes Jon Heyman. The clear concern is that Venters will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Venters has been one of...
The Atlanta Braves have placed left-hander Jonny Venters on the 15-day with a sprained elbow and purchased the contract of catcher Evan Gattis as they set their opening day roster.
Gattis will share time with Gerald Laird as the Braves await the return of catcher Brian McCann, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. McCann is expected to return by the end of April. Gattis hit six...
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...
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