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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Jonny Venters (elbow) could be ready for mound work during the team's July 29-August 6 road trip.

Venters long-tossed from 100 feet Friday as he ramps things back up following a platelet-rich plasma injection back in June. The lefty's recovery from Tommy John surgery hasn't gone smoothly, but the Braves haven't given up hope of him contributing this season.

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Jonny Venters (elbow) did some light tossing Saturday for the second straight day.

It's the first time he's thrown since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow last month. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the tossing wasn't technically part of Venters' rehab program, and it's not clear when the lefty will be cleared to ramp things up. At this point, the Braves would probably be happy to get Venters back at some point during the final month of the season.

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Jonny Venters will be sidelined for another 4-6 weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow.

Venters has dealt with soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow for a month now and simply couldn't get over the hump. Dr. James Andrews confirmed recently that the elbow was structurally sound, but the Braves are hoping the shot knocks out the soreness. Venters won't rejoin the big club's bullpen until the second half.

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Jonny Venters (elbow) did some light throwing Tuesday.

Venters had been shut down for 10 days due to some pain caused by scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left elbow. There's no timetable for the left-hander's return, but he's moving slowly but surely in the right direction.

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Jonny Venters felt more left elbow discomfort after throwing 15 pitches off a mound on Sunday.

Venters is hoping it was a result of scar tissue breaking up rather than something more serious. He will try to throw again later this week. There is no longer a timetable for the left-hander's return to the Braves. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2012 due to a second career Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

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Jonny Venters (elbow) plans to throw off of a mound for the first time on Sunday.

Venters noted Saturday that his elbow soreness is now gone and that he hopes to start throwing live batting practice at some point next week. There's still no timetable for his return, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

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Jonny Venters has been cleared to resume throwing after an exam revealed a minor strain of the flexor muscle in his left elbow.

Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow, but he's avoided a serious setback. "He said my elbow looks as good as he's ever seen it over the past couple of years," Venters said. "I'm excited about what he told me and I'm looking forward to getting back on the mound."

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Jonny Venters (elbow) hopes to be cleared to resume throwing soon after visiting with doctors Monday.

Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow. "There was a tiny bit of swelling the next day but nothing alarming and within two days the soreness was gone," Venters said. "It's been normal for the past few days. I'm going to see the doctor today and hopefully start throwing again as soon as they think is right - hopefully in the next couple days start playing catch and building back up."

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Jonny Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow.

It doesn't sound like a major setback but rather a minor bump in the road that many experience in their recovery from Tommy John surgery. It's not clear when Venters will resume throwing. The Braves have been hoping to get the southpaw back sometime next month.

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Jonny Venters (elbow) will throw live batting practice on Friday.

It will be one day after the one-year anniversary of Venters' Tommy John surgery. A rehab assignment for the reliever isn't too far off, but he's not expected to rejoin the Braves' bullpen until at least mid-June. "I don't even know that far ahead when he'll start his rehab assignment," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But that's a big step when we feel comfortable enough to start throwing batting practice."