On Friday, the Atlanta Braves released former left-handed setup man Jonny Venters.
In August, David O’Brien reported that 29-year old Venters had re-torn his Ulnar Collateral Ligament while attempting to rehab it from the 2nd Tommy John surgery he had in May of 2013. As a result, he would need to have a 3rd Tommy John surgery if he wanted to pitch again—which Mark Bowman reported he would:
Venters says he plans to attempt another comeback. Thus, he will undergo a 3rd Tommy John surgery. #Braves
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 29, 2014
The 2011 All-Star hasn’t pitched since the Inaugural National League Wild Card in 2012. Thus far over the course of his 3 Major League seasons from 2010-2012, Venters has racked up 258 Strikeouts over 229.2 innings along with a career 10.11 K/9 and 2.23 ERA. His devastating sinker also attributed to a .208 Batting Average Against—as well as a 68.4% Ground Ball Percentage, not to mention that left-handed batters over the course of his career have only hit an abysmal .186 against him.
The southpaw was once thought of as one of the premier set-up man in the game, and a perfect complement to righty closer Craig Kimbrel at the back-end of the Atlanta bullpen.
Venters—who has 5 years of service time—was projected by Matt Swartz to make $1.6 million through arbitration this winter.