Fredi G: Venters’ sore elbow ‘nothing major’

Braves reliever Jonny Venters hasn’t pitched in one week because of a sore elbow, manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Houston.

Gonzalez was asked about the veteran left-hander late Saturday,a fter rookie lefty Luis Avilan made his third appearance since Venters last pitched in a game.

“He’s fine,” Gonzalez said of Venters, who returned July 21 from a 16-day stint on the disabled list for elbow inflammation. “We’ve kind of laid off him the last three or four days. He threw a bullpen today, and unless something comes up crazy he should be good tomorrow….

“Just tender with his elbow a little bit. Nothing major. So we just took a step back.”

It’s been a difficult season for Venters, who has a 3.96 ERA and .199 opponents’ average in 44 games. Last season he led the majors with 85 appearances and ranked fifth among National League relievers with a 1.84 ERA and seventh with a .176 opponents’ average.

Chipper passes Sheff

When Chipper Jones doubled to drive in two runs in Friday’s 4-1 win against the Astros, the Braves third baseman moved past former teammate Gary Sheffield into sole possession of 65th place on the all-time major league hits list with 2,690. That left Jones 34 hits behind Robert Alomar, who is fifth all-time among switch-hitters with 2,724 hits.

Jones, who is retiring after the season, had a .363 average in 22 games from July 3-Aug. 3 (Friday), with nine doubles, four home runs, 18 RBIs and a 1.047 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in that period.

In 52 games since May 1, Jones had a .333 average with 23 extra-base hits, 35 RBIs and a .938 OPS.

Hudson joins Braves 100-win club

Tim Hudson’s win Friday was his 100th as a Brave, making him the 17th pitcher in franchise history to reach that standard and the fifth to do it in the Atlanta era. He’s in heady company in the latter group, joining Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.

Hudson has a 100-62 record and 3.50 ERA in 212 starts for the Braves, and 192-101 career record in 14 seasons with Oakland and Atlanta.

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Ryan Dempster is a giant douche

August 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

huddy is a warrior … ryan dempster is a douche

fuzzmeister

August 4th, 2012
8:12 pm

In a must win game who else on our team would you want pitching?

fuzzmeister

August 4th, 2012
8:14 pm

Way to go Uggla!!! another nice DP to end a rally.

SOS Braves

August 4th, 2012
8:16 pm

Uggla is a POS. Dump the loser.

knockahomerx

August 4th, 2012
8:18 pm

GM Wrenn, put Dan Uggla on waivers. He just is not worth his contract. Pull a Danny Ferry get rid of a bad contract.

Ken Stallings

August 4th, 2012
8:18 pm

Uggh! Uggla!

Dan Uggla had one out, runners on first and second, with a chance to do damage and he takes the first pitch middle outside and grounds weakly to shortstop because he tried to pull it!

Uggla needs to be benched and get his head right. At this point, move Prado to second (or perhaps even Pasternicky). I realize Uggla is playing good defense, but Prado is a good fielder and Pasternicky’s problems are range and arm — neither one particularly critical at second base.

Uggla simply appears a hopeless case — keeps making the same mental mistakes in his hitting approach and thereby has become the one place in the Braves lineup where pitchers in trouble go to find outs! Uggla should be getting the message himself from the opponent pitcher. In this latest PA, McCann was pitched around with first base open and the same approach was employed by the Astros last night.

Ken Stallings

August 4th, 2012
8:22 pm

Hudson may well be a case study in whether the BWAA is willing to employ different standards for HOF voting. Hudson might end up with more than 250 wins, but will that be enough? Given the appearances in the game today, it probably should be the new benchmark. Huddy might be the first example if that becomes the new standard.

Harpie

August 4th, 2012
8:28 pm

Wow, is anyone in baseball batting as pitifully as Uggla righr now? It’s really hard to watch…

Bear Grills

August 4th, 2012
8:36 pm

Yeah. What dey said.

Ken Stallings

August 4th, 2012
8:43 pm

Uggla, one hit, just one little hit. All we need is one little hit!

Secretariat

August 4th, 2012
8:46 pm

Uggla, Uggla – he’s our man !

Brandon

August 4th, 2012
8:51 pm

Uggla now has a 4 game hitting streak. Dimaggio watch out!

Harpie

August 4th, 2012
8:53 pm

It’s a f@#!in’ miracle!

Ken Stallings

August 4th, 2012
8:53 pm

Uggla got the tying hit and then Maholm gives up a solo homer to put Houston back in front!

Larry

August 4th, 2012
9:11 pm

Ken,

But, according to “Wrecker” and his WAR, Uggla’s the second coming of Ryne Sandberg his now four months of hopeless swings are totally meaningless.

Larry

August 4th, 2012
9:15 pm

So Mahom has a fastball that tops out at 87-88 mph. That’s a good High School prospect and even Jurrjens can throw harder than this.

Enough already

August 4th, 2012
9:28 pm

If the Braves lose to the Astros – at home – they don’t deserve post-season anyway

Mark (another one)

August 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Waiving Uggla is the stupidist idea. I can’t believe people keep mentioning it. If the Braves waive him they have to pay out his contract. Why pay someone $12 million per year to sit at home? No time can take that financial hit, and he showed for five years he could produce.

Watching Uggla has been had but the Braves made a commitment and need to figure out how to turn him around. We can bet the coaches are doing their best and so is Uggla. Hitting in the majors is hard no matter what bloggers say.

Enough already

August 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

and they lost… take time to figure out the responsibilities this year and try to get there next year

Ken Stallings

August 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Oh well, made it a bit interesting at the end, but Braves lose 3-2. Maholm pitched really well, but did not get enough run support. Let’s go for the rubber match win tomorrow!

Tom

August 4th, 2012
10:05 pm

knockahoma braves would be paying uggla’s salary if another club were to pick him up, and you know that would happen.

Tom

August 4th, 2012
10:07 pm

uggla just needs to stop trying to hit everything about 500 feet, reminds me of andruw jones issues.

Lance

August 4th, 2012
10:37 pm

Baseball is a team sport no doubt, but it sure is great to see individuals like Chipper and Hudson hit some pretty impressive individual milestones. Grats

Mike Lewis

August 4th, 2012
11:10 pm

The last I looked at this article it had NOTHING to do with Uggla…you morons keep your posts to the story. Congratulations to Chipper on this achievement…and Sheffield was a user too…just like his buddy Bonds! His stats don’t mean a thing to me.

Ben

August 4th, 2012
11:21 pm

So I can say that I am a doctor. Is liberty media raising the copay on MRI? I remember 2 weeks before complaining to a colleague about Beachy not getting an MRI. Pay the 600$ and get an MRI for Venters!!!!!!

lee maye

August 5th, 2012
1:40 am

When Fredi says a pitcher is fine, he usually isn’t. He usually ends up on the DL. See Beachy. See Hanson. See JJ. Why not DL him and get him checked out? Instead, we are short in the bullpen and overusing Durban, and now Avilan and Gearin. Gearin has pitched in about 3 of the last 4 games.

longtimefan

August 5th, 2012
7:22 am

If FW listened to the majority of the blogging “experts” Heyward would have been traded before the season and Chipper would have been forced into retirement. As the “experts” continue to be wrong in judging MLB talent, they have moved on to their next target-Uggla. Instead of fixating on his BA, do yourself a favor and go to one of the MLB stat sites (ESPN will do) and check out Uggla’s production (on base %, HR, RBI) relative to other second basemen in MLB. I think you will be surprised. I would post the #s again but obviously some people don’t believe them, understand them or just don’t like Uggla because his arms are bigger than theirs.

"Chef" Tim Dix

August 5th, 2012
7:44 am

Fredi G: Venters’ sore elbow ‘nothing major’

Code speak for left leg will fall off at any moment.

Bob the Blogger

August 5th, 2012
8:42 am

I wonder if Venters’ sore elbow is a result of being overused last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if some damage was done that has become too bad to pitch through.

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bobby

August 5th, 2012
11:34 am

If FG says Venters just has a sore elbow, Dr. Andrews must be waiting with his scapel.

Chiricahua Brave

August 5th, 2012
11:35 am

If Dr Freddi says Venters is ok, just a little sore elbow, he will probably have to see Dr Andrews tomorrow.

Heisenberg

August 5th, 2012
11:47 am

“Just tender with his elbow a little bit. Nothing major. ”
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Fredi used similar words for Beachy. How did that turn out? Sucks for Medlen because he will end being sent to the pen because of this.

James Andrews

August 5th, 2012
11:54 am

I can fit him in Thursday morning or Wednesday the following week.

Wrecker

August 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

On the present pace, Chipper will get 123 ABs for the rest of the season (2.24 AB/game * 55 games). This presupposes that he misses the same number of games as during the first 107 games. To catch and pass Alomar, he needs 35 hits. If he maintains a .284 batting average and gets his 123 at-bats, he will beat Alomar.

If Chipper continues to hit the same this season (.317), he will end the season with 39 more hits, putting him just 2 hits short of Tony Perez. On the way, he would pass such greats as Billy Williams, Dave Parker and the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig.

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