Venters resumes throwing following elbow soreness

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Venters resumes throwing following elbow soreness

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Curtis Compton
Braves reliever Jonny Venters is returning from surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in May 2013.

Jonny Venters has begun light throwing after the Braves’ left-handed reliever’s second bout of soreness during his recovery from elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Venters said he made about 25 throws Tuesday and a few more Wednesday after shutting down his rehabilitation work for 10 days.

“It’s good,” Venters said Wednesday. “I’m easing back into it. Hopefully, crank it back up fairly quick. We’ll play it by ear and see how it responds.”

Twice during his return, most recently May 20, Venters experienced soreness in his left elbow after Tommy John surgery, the second of his career. He completed a pain-free bullpen session at the team’s spring training facility in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. However, he felt discomfort a short time later when he attempted to throw live batting practice. Venters also experienced soreness May 14 in his first live batting practice session during his rehabilitation.

Venters said he experienced no pain in his left elbow following the two latest sessions. He added that the throws were “real light, nothing crazy.”

Venters is returning from surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in May 2013. He also had the same surgery as a minor-league player in 2005.

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