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Venters (elbow) was released by the Braves on Friday.

A few years ago, Venters was perhaps the best lefty reliever in the game, but he is now recovering from a third elbow reconstruction. The Braves designated him for assignment earlier in the week, and Venters no doubt asked to be released. At this point it is hard to envision the once great setup man ever returning to a prominent role in the major leagues over the course of a full season.

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Venters (elbow) has been designated for assignment by the Braves, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Venters has already had three elbow reconstruction procedures in his career, and it this point, it's unclear if he'll continue to rehab in the minors, or call it quits on his MLB career.

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Venters (elbow) has been activated from the 60-day DL.

Tommy John surgery was needed to repair a full UCL tear in Venters' elbow in late August, his third reconstructive elbow procedure. It's highly unlikely he'll pitch in 2015 and his future in major league baseball is uncertain.

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Venters will undergo a third Tommy John surgery, Kevin McAplin of the Braves Radio Network reports.

Venters was a back-end guy in the Braves' bullpen just a couple years ago, but has had terrible luck with his arm. He has decided to give his career another crack, however, and will receive a Tommy John surgery from the renowned doctor James Andrews.

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Venters has a full UCL tear in his left elbow according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

A UCL tear for Venters was confirmed Wednesday, but the severity of the tear had yet to be disclosed until Thursday evening. A full tear is clearly bad news, as Venters will miss a calendar year at the minimum, but considering that it would be his third Tommy John surgery, extended rehab seems like a likely possibility. Whether he chooses rehab or retirement remains to be seen.

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Venters (elbow) was diagnosed with another tear of his UCL and has been ruled out for a return this season, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

It's not known if the tear is a partial or full one, but either way, Tommy John surgery would likely be necessary for Venters. The left-hander was in the process in recovering from his second Tommy John operation before suffering this latest setback, and it would be difficult to blame him if he chose to retire rather than set forth on yet another arduous rehab process. It's a sad development for 29-year-old Venters, who was one of the game's top middle relievers from 2010 to 2012.

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Venters has been shut back down due to renewed elbow soreness, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The left-hander recently tried to ramp up this throwing program but the decision to do so was ill-fated, as he's now scheduled for another visit to Dr. James Andrews. Venters' recovery from May 2013 Tommy John surgery -- his second career Tommy John surgery -- has been interrupted by several setbacks and if a third such procedure is needed, it may very well jeopardize the 29-year-old's career.

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Venters (elbow) threw 15 pitches from the bullpen over the weekend and still hopes to return this season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

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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.