Venters' return from shoulder soreness near

Venters' return from shoulder soreness near

Venters' return from shoulder soreness near
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jonny Venters was happy to see that the Braves have cleared him to pitch an inning against the Nationals on Thursday. The left-handed reliever has spent the past 10 days resting and recovering from what the team termed "normal Spring Training soreness."

Venters was shut down after he continued to battle some inflammation around his left shoulder during his March 18 appearance against the Orioles. The 26-year-old reliever likened the ailment to what he battled while sidelined for a few days last season.

The Braves were happy when Venters reported no discomfort after completing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday at Champion Stadium.

"I felt really good," Venters said. "It feels like new now."

Despite missing a few days in early July last year, Venters still finished the season with a Major League-high 85 appearances. His 164 appearances over the past two seasons also rank as the Majors' highest total.