Jonny Venters receives injection in elbow, shut down four weeks

Jonny Venters
Jonny Venters has been shut down for four weeks. (USATSI)

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After visiting famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters has received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow, the club announced Tuesday. Venters will be shut down for four weeks before proceeding with an attempt at getting back on the hill.

Venters hasn't thrown since being shut down late March with left-elbow soreness.

Considering Venters would then need to work his arm back into shape and probably go through a minor-league rehab program, it's easy to see him missing a lot of May.

Venters, 28, is one of baseball's most effective left-handed relievers when he's firing on all cylinders. In 2010-11, he had a 1.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 189 strikeouts in 171 innings pitched.

Coming off a huge -- 88-inning -- workload in 2011, Venters struggled through the middle part of the 2012 season but got things back under control down the stretch. After returning from an elbow injury July 22, he had a 1.71 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings the rest of the way.

Back in 2006, Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Venters' left elbow. So there is some history here.

Without Venters, the Braves still have lefty Eric O'Flaherty to set up for stud closer Craig Kimbrel, but the depth of the bullpen certainly suffers.

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