CINCINNATI – The Braves got a got a welcome piece of good news Friday when standout reliever Jonny Venters’ four-game suspension was rescinded entirely.
The decision came three days after a hearing in Washington, D.C., where the Braves appealed the suspension the rookie left-hander received after hitting Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder with a pitch on July 17.
Venters continued to pitch during the appeals process, and the Braves hoped he wouldn’t have to miss all or most of a three-game series that began Friday at Cincinnati, the National League Central leader.
“I was ready for it to get over with,” said Venters, who found out just after noon Friday when teammate Mike Dunn sent him a text message congratulating him. “I was kind of down about it the last few days. It was a relief [to have the suspension overturned]. I feel good about it.”
So did his teammates, who were pleased to have the young sinkerballer available Friday to face the power-laden Reds in their home