Jonny Venters threw a baseball for the first time since April 2 on Tuesday by playing catch at a 60-foot distance, braves.com reports. The Atlanta Braves reliever is rehabbing a sprained elbow in an attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Venters received a platelet-rich plasma injection from Dr. James Andrews on April 2 and was told not to throw for four weeks in an attempt to avoid a second Tommy John surgery.
Though a small step, Venters completed three sets of 25 throws at a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday.
"It's definitely encouraging for me, just for my own peace of mind," Venters said.
Venters previously had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
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