Venters hopes to throw bullpen session Saturday

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Jonny Venters threw again Friday, his third session in the past three days after being placed on the disabled list prior to the All-Star break.

Venters said he felt “great” after a long-toss session and the left-handed reliever hoped to throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said a short rehab stint is likely. Venters was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation on July 5. He is eligible to come off next weekend while the Braves are in Washington. …

Matt Kimbrel, the brother of closer Craig Kimbrel, signed with the Braves and threw in the bullpen during a team workout Thursday. He was scheduled to join the Gulf Coast League Braves rookie ball affiliate Friday. Kimbrel, 22, was drafted in the 31st round of the June draft.

By signing Kimbrel, the Braves have now signed 30 of their top 31 picks in the draft. The only exception is catcher Levi Borders, son of former Blue Jays catcher Pat Borders, whom the Braves took in the 11th round out of Winter Haven (Fla.) High School.

- Chris Vivlamore

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July 13th, 2012
6:44 pm

Holly Cow BASEBALL!!!!!


July 13th, 2012
6:51 pm

anyone else find it funny/ironic that even when he is on the DL he pitches three straight days? you wonder why he is hurt and ineffective #Fredi


July 13th, 2012
6:52 pm

HolyCow. Harry’s going to be pissed.

JC Boscan III

July 13th, 2012
6:58 pm

This is why he’s called EVERYDAY Jonny — even when “disabled”….!!!


July 13th, 2012
7:05 pm

As long as young valuable continue to show that they never learned to slide and continue to slide head first you are going to see more broken bones. I don’t feel sorry for a staff that doesn’t teach fundamentals.

Otis My Man

July 13th, 2012
7:35 pm

No Joe Simpson tonight? Pinch me…it has to be a dream–too good to be true.


July 13th, 2012
7:43 pm

I am convinced that this “injury” is made up and was an excuse to get him some innings in the minors to get his mojo back. Although I have to admit I’ve thought he has been injured for 2 months now. His sinker tops out at 92 mph instead of the 96 mph he consistently hit last year.

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 13th, 2012
7:46 pm

Does Clusters do Short Stop? Jack Wilson is a stretch there himself.


July 13th, 2012
7:51 pm


What are these odds:

Sheets is above average and stays in the rotation.

They do a trade for Greinke.

If these things happen, Wren claims GM of the year and the Braves make the postseason.

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

July 13th, 2012
10:08 pm

Really,? lets find a SS first……..

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