Worth noting

Jonny Venters has been encouraged by the way his left arm has felt while completing long toss and flat ground throwing exercises the past week. But as he attempts to beat the odds by returning from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Venters knows that his real test will begin when he throws off a mound for the first time. It remains far too early to even guess whether Venters might be capable of pitching for the Braves this year.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.