ATLANTA -- Jonny Venters understands that he endured a heavy workload during his first two seasons at the Major League level. But a day after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in eight years, the Braves left-handed reliever expressed no regrets.
"I wouldn't change anything about those two years that I pitched," Venters said Friday afternoon at Turner Field. "I don't think it had anything to do with it. It's just one of those things -- part of the job, I guess."
Venters earned an All-Star selection and established himself as one of the game's best relievers as he compiled a 1.89 ERA in the 164 combined appearances he made in 2010 and '11. The workload started to take its toll, as he battled elbow discomfort and struggled through the first half of '12.
After undergoing his first Tommy John surgery in 2005, Venters encountered a number of setbacks over the next few seasons. He made a career-high 29 starts at the Minor League level in '09, then made 79 relief appearances for Atlanta the following year.
Venters said he planned to talk with Tim Hudson's close friend Jason Isringhausen, who continued to pitch in the Major Leagues after three Tommy John surgeries.
While Venters knows he will be sidelined until at least around this time next year, he said Dr. James Andrews provided some encouragement Thursday after performing the surgical procedure.
"He didn't give me any odds, just said that it should be fine," Venters said. "He felt pretty optimistic about it, so I just gotta work hard and do everything I can, and if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I think I should be fine."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less