Venters throws, feels ‘great’

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

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Mike from the coast

July 12th, 2012
7:45 pm

Wish he’d take a few more days off. Any word on Pastornicky?

Logan

July 12th, 2012
7:47 pm

Lets play ball. Please!!!!!

Frank Wren

July 12th, 2012
7:50 pm

He may feel great but he’s not pitching very well

Puma

July 12th, 2012
7:51 pm

Agreed Logan, these 4 days off seem longer than usual…lets crank it up

Johnny B Good

July 12th, 2012
7:54 pm

Almost 2 baserunners per inning…hard to get the game to CK like that

BravesfaninAugusta

July 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

If Venters comes back and struggles AGAIN, they need to send him down to AAA so that we don’t have that big question mark…. it has felt great knowing that he isn’t even an option and look what happened: winning streak.

Ralph

July 12th, 2012
9:58 pm

We have nothing to worry about now, Venters and Ben Sheets both feel great so all we need to do now is “just keep sending them out there”!

lee maye

July 12th, 2012
10:03 pm

David Hale removed tonight after going only 5 innings and throwing 80 pitches at MS. Could there be a trade about to happen? Stay tuned. We may be about to get a SS.

braveslover

July 12th, 2012
10:38 pm

Venters said he felt great when he was stinking up the place. Can’t be trusted in a tight situation until he proves himself in laughers.

ray k.

July 12th, 2012
10:40 pm

Venters feels great, huh? Gee, where have we heard that before. This guy would tell you he felt great if his arm fell off.

Peachstealth

July 13th, 2012
1:06 am

I’m having baseball withdrawal. I wish someone would have broadcast the AAA all star game.

Tom

July 13th, 2012
8:12 am

I’m no major league pitching coach, but when a pitcher is consistently throwing breaking balls into the dirt, it’s an indication that his stride is off. Simple fix, and the length of the stride could be off by as little as a inch or two and still cause that result.

bravesfan

July 13th, 2012
8:35 am

Oh gosh if he can get back to where he was last year that would be great.

Ralph

July 13th, 2012
9:07 am

If Venters were facing Franscisco or someone like him every time he pitched he would strike out every batter with his breaking ball in the dirt!

Yogi Berra

July 13th, 2012
10:20 am

Ralph if you had been watching Francisco has had some pretty good at bats lately..

P Rose

July 13th, 2012
11:42 am

Apparently his elbow has become unimpinged.

BraveDog23

July 13th, 2012
11:43 am

The title should have read “Good News For Venters, Bad News For Team”. Would someone please tell me what’s so great about Venters?! Are you watching the same games I am? You know, the part where he blows the game because he has NO CONTROL!? I blamed HIM last year when I felt like the only one who noticed, but I’m sure I wasn’t alone. This year I blame the coaching staff. Do something about it! He’s a loose cannon. His lack of control combined with our catchers not being the best at catching wild pitches (let’s admit it) makes for blown saves and losses.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 13th, 2012
12:16 pm

I wish Venters nothing but the best! He is an absolute workhorse and a great team guy. What he has done for this team in the past three seasons should be rewarded.

Ralph

July 13th, 2012
12:18 pm

Yogi Berra
July 13th, 2012
10:20 am

Ralph if you had been watching Francisco has had some pretty good at bats lately..

I have been watching and i’m sure you noticed the at bat when they threw 16 pitches to him and he kept fouling them off every pitch was a breaking ball at his shoe laces, he did ok on that at bat and I hope he keeps it up, but in the past he hasn’t been able to hit that pitch and he can’t lay off of it, if he could have he would have walked in 5 pitches because the were all balls. If he learns to lay off that pitch he could take Chippers job next year, but I have my doubts.

Ralph

July 13th, 2012
12:22 pm

Venters needs to pitch some at AAA before they bring him back, he said himself that the injury had nothing to do with his problems and I believe him but it looks like they are going to bring him back in the same condition he went down with.

Ron Mozingo

July 13th, 2012
3:04 pm

Wow u guys sure can throw someone under the bus quick! Venters is an outstanding pitcher and just about any team would luv to have him. All pitchers go through a bad spot. Fredi is right if Venters isnt back to being the pitcher he once was the Braves are in bad shape!!

SeaAtl

July 13th, 2012
4:37 pm

why should we believe Venters….before his arm suddenly hurt, he told us he felt “fine” and “great” for months….then suddenly he’s hurt and on the DL…..like the boy who cried wolf.

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