Checkup shows Venters' elbow is on track

Checkup shows Venters' elbow is on track

ATLANTA -- The ulnar collateral ligament in Braves reliever Jonny Venters' surgically repaired left elbow was deemed sound after he received an MRI exam and met with Dr. James Andrews.

Venters has not thrown since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection a week ago, and he will be shut down for another three to five weeks as the shot takes effect.

"Everything's good," Venters said. "I'm just going to take some time and let that ligament mature a little more and start throwing here in a little bit."

Although Venters hopes he'll be able to throw again in four weeks rather than six, he is mainly relieved the recent soreness he experienced -- even after rest -- was not something more serious.

"I was a little worried because it wasn't feeling much better after a week of rest," Venters said. "Once he looked at the MRI and said ... everything's good in there, I felt better."

The Atlanta bullpen's recent woes are not lost on Venters, who has endured frustration since undergoing Tommy John surgery early last year. The southpaw wants to help his club, but he also has to keep his long-term health in mind.

"It's tough, because I want to pitch and I want to help this team and I want to get out there as soon as possible -- and that's what I'm going to do," Venters said. "I think that's best for my career. … Whenever it's ready, it's ready. Hopefully, it'll be sooner than later."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.