Jonny Venters was schedule to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday in his rehab process with a sprained left elbow. It turns out that instead of a regular checkup, the Atlanta Braves reliever ended up undergoing Tommy John surgery, braves.com reports.
Andrews performed the procedure on Venters' torn ulnar collateral ligament in Gulf Breeze, Fla.; it was the second Tommy John surgery Venters has had, the first coming in 2005. A second Tommy John surgery means Venters' career is in serious jeopardy.
The most recent set of problems for Venters began last season, when he was placed on the disabled list in July for an elbow impingement on the way to a career-worst 3.22 ERA in 66 appearances. He also had discomfort in the elbow in Spring Training, and the Braves shut him down after he issued four walks in one inning on March 13.
Venters then received a platelet-rich plasma injection in this elbow from Andrews on April 2 followed by four weeks of rest before starting a throwing program. While he was fine throwing on flat ground, Venters immediately felt discomfort when throwing off a mound last week in San Francisco.
Venters made 230 appearances from 2010-12, second only to Sean Marshall's 231 with the Cincinnati Reds over the same time span.
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