Washington – Reliever Jonny Venters pitched two scoreless innings Sunday in his first action since returning from the disabled list for an elbow impingement. It was a welcome sign in an otherwise rough day.
Venters allowed only two baserunners – one on an error and one on a single – while coaxing five groundballs, which is a good sign for a pitcher who’s struggled much of the season with patented sinkerball. Of his 21 pitches, 15 were strikes. He struck out two and had one wild pitch.
“I felt pretty good all the way around mechanically, physically,” Venters said. “Getting the groundballs is really what tells what my stuff is doing. Any time I can go out there and get some swings early in the count and some groundballs, I feel like I’m doing something right mechanically.”
Venters, who was an uncharacteristic 3-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 40 appearances on the season, said he felt as good on the mound as he had since April.
“It was definitely the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Venters said. “I was just excited to get back out there, and to have it go pretty well was definitely something I needed. It’s something to build off of and hopefully throw some zeroes up here in a row and build a little confidence and see what happens.”