When the Atlanta Braves shut down Jonny Venters in his second Tommy John rehab earlier this week, it seemed reasonable to fear the worst. Those fears were confirmed for Venters, who was diagnosed with a torn UCL again and faces his third Tommy John surgery.
Venters already had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and missed all of 2013 due to the same procedure. He had yet to pitch for the Braves this season, but he had recently been traveling with the team and was schedule to throw off a mound later this month.
"You hate for players to get hurt," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "[Venters] is a young guy. He's not even 30 years old. It happens all the time. But when it happens to one of your guys you feel bad for him."
Though rare, there actually have been a few pitchers bounce back from a third Tommy John surgery, namely Jason Isringhausen and Jose Rijo.
Venters' agent BB Abbott said his client is "collecting information and weighing alternatives" in regards to the situation.
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