Venters set to return after recovering from sore arm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Ten days without pitching had reliever Jonny Venters eagerly anticipating some action. He’ll get it Thursday when he returns for an inning against the Nationals.

Sidelined by soreness in his upper left arm near the shoulder, Venters pronounced himself fit after a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

“I wasn’t throwing 100 percent, but I was getting on it,” he said Wednesday morning. “Felt really good. Hopefully get in there today or tomorrow. I’m gonna try to talk myself into the game today, but they probably won’t let me.”

He was right – the Braves didn’t let him pitch Wednesday against the New York Yankees, but have him slotted for an inning Thursday at Viera, Fla. It’ll be his first appearance since March 18, when he was charged with two hits and two runs (one earned) in one inning against Baltimore.

That was the second game in a row that Venters allowed two hits and third time in five games that he was scored upon.

Venters, who had a 1.89 ERA in a major league-leading 164 appearances over the past two seasons, has pitched just five innings this spring. He wants to pitch in two or three games in the final week, but added that he’d be ready even if the season began now.

“I’ll be ready, no matter how many games I pitch,” he said.

Braves trade for minor league OF/1B

The Braves traded for minor league outfielder/first baseman Christian Marrero from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Marrero, 25, spent the past two seasons in Double-A and last year hit .293 with a .385 OBP, 25 doubles, eight triples, 12 homers and 10 stolen bases in 115 games.

The Miami native was selected by the Braves in the June 2004 draft (20th round) but didn’t sign. The White Sox took him in the 22nd round a year later.

Up next: Nationals

The Braves will take all of their projected lineup regulars except center fielder Michael Bourn to Thursday’s game against the Nationals in Viera, Fla. Lefty Mike Minor will start for the Braves against right-hander Edwin Jackson, one of the Nationals’ offseason acquisitions. He has a 6.88 ERA this spring.

It’s the last road trip of the Grapefruit League season for the Braves, except for a split-squad game against the Astros on Friday just 20 minutes down the Osceola Parkway at Kissimmee, Fla. They break camp after Monday’s game against the New York Mets and return to Atlanta for an exhibition game against the Braves’ prospects Tuesday at Triple-A Gwinnett’s Coolray Field.

The Braves will travel to New York on Wednesday and open the season April 5 against the Mets.

24 comments Add your comment

STRETCH

March 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

Rufus

March 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

Need Venters (again) this season so glad he and the Braves are being cautious in spring training.

rrr

March 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

I never blog hear and am not a whiner, but…how much longer do we have to wait for our GM to get a LF’er? We HAVE to have someone else to put in LF when Chipper is out (a lot)!

rrr

March 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Stinger2

March 28th, 2012
3:58 pm

Sounds like Marrero could be a good pickup for the Braves based on his numbers in Double A. Hope he starts off good at Gwinnett. If he does well he could be called up to plug in as a corner outfielder.

Braveslog

March 28th, 2012
4:05 pm

It’ll be good to get Venters back.

Big news today though has got to be Heyward’s nice afternoon. A game-tying home run in the ninth and a game saving robbery earlier had us reminded of the Heyward of old. Can we expect more of that in 2012? I talk about Heyward’s chances here:
http://braveslog.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/what-can-we-expect-from-jason-heyward-in-2012/

JNick

March 28th, 2012
4:28 pm

rrr, what happens when Chipper comes back and plays 130 games the rest of the year? Then they’d have an extra outfielder – we already have Diaz and whoever else makes the team (Parrazz? Constanza?) and right now, we’re not going to get someone better than what we have for nothing. Who do you suggest we trade? It gets annoying to hear everyone say “we need a left fielder” – like the sky is falling already. We haven’t even played a regular season game! Why not provide an actual solution? The Braves (wisely) didn’t trade Prado for anyone (Seth Smith) or Prado AND Hanson (Adam Jones) – and no FA wanted to sign as a probable platoon player (Cody Ross, etc). The ONLY player I wish the Braves could have gotten was Carlos Quentin – but not for what the White Sox wanted (Brandon Beachy).

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

March 28th, 2012
4:29 pm

My shoulder is sore from drinking beer and eating barbecue sandwiches

urban redneck

March 28th, 2012
4:29 pm

jay is coming back strong. now if he can just see the ball like he did in 2010. he used to have a great feel for the strike zone, but………..

JNick

March 28th, 2012
4:30 pm

Nice blog/article, Braveslog!

Braveslog

March 28th, 2012
4:38 pm

@JNick thanks for the interest and support!

Alan

March 28th, 2012
4:48 pm

@Braveslog Good job on blog. Go Braves!!

Ralph

March 28th, 2012
5:20 pm

Was this trade with White Sox another $1. deal like the one they made last year for a catcher. I noted he has been in the minor leagues for 8 years, can’t be worth much.

Bob Hazel

March 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

Constanza will be fine in LF until Chipper gets back. No sense getting worriied this early. Right now, anyone would cost too mich.

Lou Puke

March 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

Whar is blog coverage of today’s game ?

Lou Puke

March 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

Marrerro sounds like Constanza. Career minor leaguer. What’s up with the infatuation with the White Sox ? We get their hitting instructors now a minor leaguer…

Willie's Wanker

March 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

Who won today ? The Phillies or the Marlins ?

HOF 10

March 28th, 2012
7:40 pm

Stick Heyward in the 3 hole and leave him alone. Not going anywhere without a big year from him.

Ralph

March 28th, 2012
8:14 pm

My god, Heyward has one good day and raises his BA to 209 and people are ready to stick him in the 3 hole and leave him there, I would also but it would be at Gwinette.

Felix

March 28th, 2012
8:41 pm

Huh? I didn’t know Venters was hurt. Don’t know how I missed that bit of bad news. Now, another injury to a key player to worry about.

Great!! Just great!

bobby

March 28th, 2012
8:46 pm

I see the Braves have made a big trade. Getting a second baseman from the White Sox who hit .225 the last two years for Birrmingham. Maini I think is his name.

Ralph

March 28th, 2012
8:49 pm

He is an outfielder/1st baseman.

Don

March 29th, 2012
8:49 am

Let’s see — FOUR of our FIVE Starting Pitchers (counting Medlen who was Starter when he was injured) are coming off injuries from last season. (And who knows IF ANY of them will return to their former effectiveness???)
And now, HOW MANY additional Pitchers have injuries this Spring — One is already out for the season with Tommy John surgery.
And the Braves “INJURY MILL” for Pitchrs goes on and on and on.
And everyone just keeps pretending that nothing is wrong – that it isn’t happening.
Of all the large total number of Starting Pitchers that the Braves have had in the 6 or 7 years since Leo left (counting those who were in the rotation a reasonable lenght of time); HOW MANY did not end up being INJURED????

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