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Venters nearly ready to throw bullpen sessions

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ATLANTA -- Although there is still no timetable for Jonny Venters to return to the Braves' bullpen, he has made progress since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in early June. Venters threw from 100 feet on flat ground on Friday, and he could begin bullpen sessions soon.

"We're looking for him to throw bullpens on the road," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I don't know the exact dates of those bullpens, but we're looking to get him on the mound here on the road."

Gonzalez anticipates that early bullpen sessions for Venters would be between 10-20 pitches as the southpaw regains a feel for pitching off the rubber. Venters has felt good since he resumed throwing on July 18 following time off due to his PRP injection.

"I don't foresee anything," Gonzalez said of any potential complications from Friday's work. "I just saw Jonny go by and I asked him how it went, and he goes, 'It felt great.' But again, it's playing catch from 100 feet."

The Braves are optimistic that the PRP injection has been beneficial for Venters, but given the left-hander's previous struggles with pain and inflammation during this rehab process, they remain cautious about rushing him along too quickly.

"Best case scenario is get him onto the next [step in recovery], and just keep building off from that," Gonzalez said. "Because you start thinking about best-case scenario [for a return], and then there's a step back or a setback. Let's get him onto the next catch, and then get him on the mound and just keep working our way up there."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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