Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
Jonny Venters picked up a baseball on Wednesday for the first since the Braves put him on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation on July 5th. He threw again on Thursday, during a team workout prior to the start of the second half of the season.
“My arm felt great,” Venters said. “[The ball] felt like it was coming out good. I was excited.”
Both Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and Venters said they thought the left-handed reliever would come off the disabled list as soon as he is eligible, which would be during the Braves series at the Nationals next weekend.
The Braves said Venters had an “impingement” but that his elbow was structurally sound. He has struggled this season with a 3-3 record and 4.45 ERA in 32-1/3 innings. In 40 appearances, he has allowed 41 hits, 18 runs (16 earned), six home runs and 17 walks. He has struck out 43.
Venters could make a rehab appearance before returning to the bullpen.
- Chris Vivlamore