Atlanta Braves
Career W-L
15-10
 
Career ERA
2.23
Name  Jonny Venters
Born  3/20/1985
Height  6-3
Weight  195
Number  39
Position  RP
Bats  L
Throws  L
7/29/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters could be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Insight: A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 after Tommy John surgery and a setback-filled recovery.
 
6/18/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters won't be back for another 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He was recently given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow. A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
 
5/18/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters recently had a throwing session cut short after feeling soreness in his left elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He's been shut down for the time being. Venters hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.
 
3/2/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Braves left-handed reliever Jonny Venters (elbow) will throw a limited mound session Wednesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Venters missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is trying to make it back by late May or early June. He was one of the top setup men in the majors in 2010-11, posting a 1.89 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 171 innings.
 
2/11/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Jonny Venters, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, has been long-tossing without issue.
Insight: In both 2010 and 2011 Venters was one of the premier setup men in the league with an ERA under 2.00 and 189 strikeouts in 171 IP.
 
11/13/2013 9:30:00 PM
Description: The Braves avoided arbitration with lefthander Jonny Venters Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.625 million deal. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Venters missed most of last season after having Tommy John surgery. He's targeting a mid-season return.
 
5/16/2013 2:46:00 PM
Description: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Braves reliever Jonny Venters underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday for the second time in eight years.
Insight: In retrospect, throwing Venters for 83 innings in 2010 and 88 innings in 2011 may not have been the best idea. He has dealt with elbow trouble since last season.
 
5/13/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Atlanta lefthander Jonny Venters is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Venters is on the fence about Tommy John surgery and the decision will probably be made Thursday after his visit with Andrews. Even if he chooses not to have surgery, Venters isn't anywhere close to a return.
 
5/10/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Friday, one day after having to cancel his session due to soreness in his elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Thursday was Venters' first time on the mound since having a platelet-rich plasma injection in April. He admitted Friday that he is still sore, but said the ball came out of his hand great. He'll be reevaluated Saturday.
 
5/9/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters had to shut it down halfway through his scheduled 15- to 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday due to soreness in his elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Obviously, that's a terrible sign. It was Venters' first time on the mound since having a platelet-rich plasma injection in April.
 
4/2/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta Braves setup man Jonny Venters (15-day DL) saw Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and the good news is that he won't need surgery. The bad news is that he'll be shut down for a month.
Insight: Dr. Andrews gave him a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore elbow. He's likely out for close to two months before we see him back in a Braves game.
 
4/2/2013 12:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta Braves setup man Jonny Venters (15-day DL) will see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.
Insight: He's out with a left elbow sprain and the results from the doctor's visit should tell us whether he'll be gone for a couple of weeks or a year. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Monday that the best-case scenario is that he'll be sidelined for one month.
 
3/31/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: Atlanta setup man Jonny Venters has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's out with a left elbow sprain. He'll get his elbow looked at by James Andrews later this week. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Venters to be back anytime soon.
 
3/28/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews sometime next week. Venters left Tuesday's game against Detroit with a left elbow sprain.
Insight: That leaves Atlanta without its setup man for the season opener next week against the Phillies. Anytime a player goes to see Dr. Andrews, it's usually a pretty bad sign. Let's just hope Venters doesn't need Tommy John surgery.
 
3/26/2013 3:55:00 PM
Description: After sitting on the sidelines for two weeks, Braves setup man Jonny Venters faced five batters, giving up two hits, two walks and three runs and left Tuesday's exhibition game with a left elbow sprain.
Insight: Venters dealt with elbow problems last season, so this is a huge red flag for fantasy owners. He exploded onto the scene in 2011, going 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 99 Ks and five saves in 88 IP, but stumbled last season (5-4, 3.22 ERA, 1.517 WHIP). At this point you should avoid him.
 
3/6/2013 11:52:00 AM
Description: According to Ken Rosenthal, there is talk that the Braves might be willing to deal setup man Jonny Venters.
Insight: Venters exploded onto the scene in 2011, going 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 99 Ks and five saves in 88 IP. He stumbled last season (5-4, 3.22 ERA, 1.517 WHIP), but if he returns to his 2011 form he could be a big-time closer for a lot of clubs.
 
2/15/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that "changed offseason work habits" led to his mediocre 2012 season.
Insight: Venters exploded onto the scene in 2011, going 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 99 Ks and five saves in 88 IP. He said he took off too much time in the offseason and started earlier this time around. If he returns to the form of 2011 he can be a useful fantasy asset.
 
7/21/2012 1:57:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Saturday's doubleheader with Washington
Insight: Venters may have been overworked the last two seasons, as he threw 83 innings in 2010 and 88 last year. The left-hander is 3-3 this year with 43 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings, but an abnormally high 4.45 ERA. His career ERA is 2.30.
 
7/5/2012 1:31:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow impingement, the team announced on its official Twitter account.
Insight: Venters may have been overworked the last two seasons, as he threw 83 innings in 2010 and 88 last year. The left-hander didn't allow a run in April, but five walks in 8 2/3 innings in the month should have been a signal that something was wrong. Since then, Venters has allowed 16 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks in 23 2/3 innings.
 
3/29/2012 4:01:00 PM
Description: Jonny Venters pitched a perfect eighth inning in his return on Thursday, and said his arm felt great, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was his first game since March 18, as the Braves left-hander has been dealing with shoulder soreness.
Insight: Venters had more than a strikeout per inning last season, sitting down 96 batters. However, he threw 88 innings and tired down the stretch, so he will be a risk throughout the season for arm trouble. If he can stay healthy again, he is one of the rare middle relievers with value in non-holds fantasy leagues, and if Craig Kimbrel were to go down, Venters would likely take over the closing duties for Atlanta.