Rays Sign Jonny Venters to Minor League Deal

Despite the fact that much of their collective brain trust will be leading different organizations in 2015, the Tampa Bay Rays remain a team on the hunt for high upside, low risk bargains.  Their most recent foray into the bargain bin sees them signing former Atlanta Braves relief ace Jonny Venters.  It was announced this morning that the Rays have signed the right-handed reliever...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Assessing the Atlanta Braves offseason thus far

After trading outfielder Jason Heyward to the St.Louis Cardinals on November 17th, the Atlanta Braves have been relatively quiet on the open market. They have made a few internal moves, cutting ties with oft-injured reliever Jonny Venters, utility infielder Ramiro Pena, and sporadic starting outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, but Heyward remains the sole regular starting position player...
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Release Jonny Venters

On Friday, the Atlanta Braves released former left-handed setup man Jonny Venters. In August, David O’Brien reported that 29-year old Venters had re-torn his Ulnar Collateral Ligament while attempting to rehab it from the 2nd Tommy John surgery he had in May of 2013. As a result, he would need to have a 3rd Tommy John surgery if he wanted to pitch again—which Mark Bowman reported...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves send Jason Heyward to Cardinals

Atlanta Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart has been hinting during the winter meetings that the team is gearing up for a rebuild, but while the words of a man with as much carry as he has are significant, it was the actions of Hart on Monday that made it clear that several roster changes are inevitable. The Braves made a move on Monday that grabbed the attention of...
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies arrive to break up monotony of Marlins

As schedules go, the Braves won’t have it easy facing the Nationals for 6 games in September and the Pirates for 4. However, the Braves get to face bottom-of-the pack Mets (3 games), Rangers (3 games) and Phillies (6 games) in the final month as well. The pesky Marlins don’t quite seem to be in either category, though with the last 3 games against them and the coming weekend...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves RP to have third Tommy John surgery

Coming back from Tommy John surgery is no great feat. Returning after a second such operation is nearly miraculous…just ask Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson and New York Yankees set up man Shawn Kelley. But getting back into the swing of things following a third Tommy John operation? Yeah, Atlanta Braves lefty Jonny Venters might have his work cut out for him. Jonny Venters...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Alert: Jonny Venters to undergo third TJ surgery

The Atlanta Braves and Jonny Venters are hoping that the third time is a charm in his career.  Venters will attempt yet another comeback as he will undergo the third Tommy John surgery of his career on Thursday. Venters says he plans to attempt another comeback. Thus, he will undergo a 3rd Tommy John surgery. #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 29, 2014When Venters is...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Venters Is Broken Again

News broke last night that Braves reliever Jonny Venters has yet another torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. This comes a day after the Braves shut down Venters’ rehab program after the pitcher felt discomfort. We now know why he felt said discomfort. Venters had joined a growing group of pitchers like Brian […]
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Jonny Venters has a torn UCL

Atlanta Braves left handed pitcher Jonny Venters is 29 years old and has three major-league seasons under his belt with a 2.23 ERA and an All-Star apperance. But he hasn't pitched in the majors since the end of the 2012 season and if he wants to pitch again he'll need a third Tommy John surgery, according to David O'Brien of Venters#151717565 / gettyimages.comVenters...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves LHP Venters shut down with elbow tear

NEW YORK (AP) The Atlanta Braves have shut down left-hander Jonny Venters for the rest of the season after the reliever tore an elbow ligament while trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery. The 29-year-old Venters hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, a season after he made the NL All-Star team. The Braves said Thursday that Dr. James Andrews had found the tear...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves reliever Jonny Venters re-tears elbow ligament

Braves reliever Jonny Venters, once considered one of the premier left-hander bullpen arms in baseball, could be headed to his third Tommy John surgery. An MRI with Dr. James Andrews revealed Venters tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm once again, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Venters underwent his second Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and had yet to...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

O'Flaherty happy in Oakland, reminisces on time with Braves

ATLANTA -- Eric O'Flaherty took the mound at Turner Field for the first time since May of 2013 on Friday night, only this time his view was a little different. Still 60 feet and six inches away from home plate, he stared down the likes of his former teammates Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman. In typical O'Flaherty fashion, he refused to allow a run. He was more concerned with how...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Jonny Venters encouraged after first mound work

The Atlanta Braves lost to the San Diego Padres on Sunday by the score of 4-3 on a Everth Cabrera walk-off single in the 10th inning. The loss was the sixth straight for the Braves, who dropped to 58-54, second in the National League East. There was some good news on the injury front this weekend, as pitcher Jonny Venters was encouraged after his first mound work since June.#151717422...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Padres bombard Wood, beat Braves handily

ATLANTA -- The San Diego Padres entered Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves averaging 7.03 hits per contest this season. The Padres passed that mark in the third inning, tallied 12 on starter Alex Wood by the fifth inning, and finished with 13 hits on the way to a 5-2 win at Turner Field over the Braves. San Diego is in town for four games. Here are five observations from Atlanta...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Venters to be sidelined another 4-6 weeks

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters will be out another 4-6 weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow. The long road back for Venters following a second Tommy John surgery has been well documented. Venters had PRP shot and will take 4-6 weeks to let it take affect. Still having soreness but Andrews checked elbow said ligament is sound — David...
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves bullpen in need of bounce back

The Braves bullpen is in a funk. One of the franchise's mainstays during the Frank Wren era -- the 2008 season, Wren's first as acting GM, is the only campaign in which Braves relievers posted a sub-3.0 wins above replacement since he took over -- Atlanta's bullpen is having trouble closing out games lately. Or, at the very least, it is not keeping up with the lofty standards it...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Jonny Venters throwing again

The Atlanta Braves lost an interleague match up against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday by the score of 2-0. With the loss, the Braves fell to 31-27, but still in first place in the National League East. Although 29th in the league in runs scored, the Braves have a rock solid pitching staff that is 2nd in the league in ERA. The staff hopes to get even strong with the eventual...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves: Jonny Venters threw on Tuesday

Relief pitcher Jonny Venters did some light throwing on Tuesday. It was the first activity for the Atlanta Braves reliever after he was shut down more than a week ago for pain caused by scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left elbow. The Braves have not placed any timetable on a return to the field for Venter. That he was able to throw on Tuesday is a good sign but he is still...
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Venters feels elbow discomfort during bullpen session

If there was a timetable for the return of Jonny Venters it has passed. Venters is trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery and has not pitched in a major league game since the 2012 season. On Sunday the Atlanta Braves reliever threw 15 pitches off a mound but felt elbow discomfort. Right now the team and reliever are hoping that it is the result of scar tissue rather...
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Updates: Jonny Venters, Jordan Walden

The Atlanta Braves lost the second of a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday by the score of 3-1. Even with the loss, the Braves are 27-21 and hold a two game lead over the Miami Marlins in the National League East. Leading the Major Leagues in ERA at 2.84, the Braves staff figures to get even stronger in the near future as Jonny Venters and Jordan Walden continue...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Venters to throw off mound on Sunday

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters will throw off the mound for the first time on Sunday. The elbow soreness Venters had been experiencing is gone and ideally the left hander will began throwing to batters sometime next week. Jonny Venters plans to throw off the mound tomorrow. Hopes to start live BPs at some point next week. Says elbow soreness is gone. #Braves — Kevin...
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves reliever Jonny Venters suffers minor setback in rehab

The Atlanta Braves ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The win improved the National League East leading Braves to 23-19 on the season. The Braves are leading the Major Leagues in ERA, countering an offense that is 30th in runs scored. A strong pitching staff should even get stronger with the return of Jonny Venters, but...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves drop series in San Fran after sweep of Cubs

As the Braves closed a series on the road against the San Francisco Giants, fans are reminded of how terrible the team was when the Giants faced them at home and how the Giants trot out a homer parade against Braves’ pitching. Yet at the same time, fans have the recent sweep of the Cubs telling them that the team isn’t as terrible as they were when the Giants visited or when...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves pitching leads to another successful road swing

There's not a manager in baseball relying more on his starting rotation than Fredi Gonzalez right now. The Atlanta Braves' starting rotation has accounted for 117 innings pitched this season, third-most among all MLB clubs. But the two teams ahead of them in terms of workload, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, have both played an extra game due to the rainout in Philadelphia...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves continue dominant run over Nationals

Now that the Braves' latest demolition of the Nationals is complete -- sealed with a convincing 10-2 just hours after Washington general manager Mike Rizzo stood behind his franchise's superiority over the defending NL East champs -- there are many, many arguments to made. And, perhaps, even more questions to ask. (First question being: Who took the initiative to alter the Nats'...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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