ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has undergone the second major elbow operation of his career and will miss the rest of the season.
The Braves say the left-hander had Tommy John surgery Thursday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The procedure was performed in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews.
Andrews also performed the first Tommy John surgery on Venters when he was a minor leaguer in 2005.
Venters was one of Atlanta's most effective relievers over the last three seasons, serving as a setup man to closer Craig Kimbrel.
But Venters began experiencing pain in spring training and was shut down at the beginning of the season after receiving an injection in what was described as a sprained left shoulder.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Braves vs. Giants Prediction Will the Braves pull off the upset tonight against the Giants when the two teams open a new series at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Cubs vs. Dodgers Prediction Will Game 1 tonight between the Cubs and Dodgers be low-scoring for bettors at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Cardinals vs. Rockies Prediction Will the Cardinals top the Rockies behind ace Carlos Martinez tonight at 8:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Diamondbacks vs. Brewers Prediction Will the Diamondbacks win their fifth straight game when they visit the Brewers at 8:10PM ET tonight?
Thumbnail Orioles vs. Astros Pick Will the Baltimore Orioles get back on track when they hit the road to face the Houston Astros...

MLB Team Pages