Good morning again, everyone! I hope your Tuesday is much better than your Monday was. At least you get to wake up to an Atlanta Braves win though, right?
When Jonny Venters visited Dr. James Andrews six weeks ago, he gained hope that he could avoid undergoing elbow surgery. But the Braves’ left-handed reliever is not expected to receive the same kind of encouragement when he visits the noted surgeon again on Thursday.
“We’ll see,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I don’t want to get into too many assumptions about what could happen.”
After Andrews provided a platelet-rich-plasma injection on April 2, Venters rested his arm for four weeks and then experienced no discomfort while throwing on flat ground. But he experienced elbow discomfort as soon as he threw off a mound for the first time on Thursday in San Francisco.
AtlantaFalcons.com–The Falcons have signed Saeed Lee and Jeremy Shelley; two college free agents to add to the team:
Lee, 5-11, 160 pounds, participated in the Falcons rookie mini-camp following the 2013 NFL as a tryout player. He had 34 tackles, including three for loss, in his senior season at Alabama State in 2012.
Shelley, 5-10, 165 pounds, served as the place kicker for the back-to-back BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. In 2012, he set a school record with 63 extra points and his 166 career PATs are the most in Alabama history.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez mentioned last week the possibility of Heyward coming off the DL during the series at Arizona that started Monday. But Heyward had only served as designated hitter in his first three rehab games before Monday, and the Braves wanted him to play a few games in right field before he’s activated.
He played right field Monday and went 1-for-2 with RBI double and a walk for Gwinnett against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He came out for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning due to the cold, damp conditions in Pennsylvania.
Beachy rehab: Eleven months into recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy is set to make his first start Tuesday and work two innings in an extended-spring training game in Florida. That will be followed Sunday with his first official rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett, Gonzalez said.