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Rays Camp Notes: Venters Continues Comeback

Venters Feels At Full Strength

Photo by Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

At one time Jonny Venters was one of the most feared left handed relievers in the game but his career went off the tracks as he suffered not one, not two, but three elbow injuries requiring the dreaded Tommy John surgery.

On March 11, 2015 the Rays signed him to a minor league deal. They had hoped to be the beneficiary of a long and patient rehab process. He continued his rehab and crawled back on top of the mound at George Steinbrenner Field on June 4, 2016. He logged an inning with the Rays High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs.

It was his first live game action since he took the mound on October 3, 2012 for the Atlanta Braves against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The feel good story wouldn’t last.  Venters comeback was cut short after hurting his elbow in an outing for the Crabs on June 20th. He had a fourth surgery on his elbow to re-attach a ligament, by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

He rejoined the Rays in 2017 and returned to the mound in the Rookie League on June 27th. He finished the season with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Overall, he was able to log 23.2-innings in 24 games striking out 11 batters per nine innings.

As camp opens in 2018, Venters once again finds himself donning a Rays uniform looking to get back to the big leagues.

Venters Happy To Be Back:

“This is the place where I wanted to be from the beginning. Hoping they would be interested in bringing me back. And once I found that there was mutual interest and they wanted to bring me back it wasn’t a tough decision at all.”

“They’ve been with me and stuck with me through a couple of injuries,” said Venters. “I like everybody here and they treat me well. The medical staff is great, the front office is great and it’s where I wanted to be.”

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