Obviously, Venters was frustrated in the midst of yet another 12-month rehab.
“I feel like this team has a chance to do something special, and I’m not going to be able to contribute – that’s disappointing,” Venters said on ajc.com. “The whole thing is disappointing. All the work I’ve put in to try to stay healthy, but it’s nothing I have control over. Now I’ll go work as hard as I can and try to come back. I feel pretty confident about it. The surgery went well.”
Venters was also adamant that the 230 appearances he made from 2010-12 is not what led to his torn ulnar collateral ligament.
“I think it’s one of those things that if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Venters said. “I think it’s just the way I throw. I put a lot of stress on that ligament….I don’t think (workload) had anything to do with it. I wouldn’t change anything about those two years that I pitched so much for anything.”
The facts may back that up as well. Venters only threw a combined 103 innings as a starter and reliever before his elbow blew out. Then, after Venters' first surgery in 2005, he only threw 80 innings before a scar tissue buildup forced him to miss time.
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