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Jonny Venters re-tears elbow ligament, may need third Tommy John surgery

Braves' Venters walks back to mound after allowing a run on a single by Phillies' Ibanez during eighth inning of their MLB National League game in Atlanta

Atlanta Braves’ relief pitcher Jonny Venters walks back to the mound after allowing a run on a single by Philadelphia Phillies’ Raul Ibanez during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Atlanta September 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Amis (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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This is just sad.

Braves left-hander Jonny Venters’ comeback from the second Tommy John elbow surgery of his career has been halted to due another torn ulnar collateral ligament. Which means the once-dominant setup man may be headed for a third Tommy John surgery.

Venters had a 2.22 ERA and 258 strikeouts in 230 innings for the Braves from 2010-2012 while averaging 94.5 miles per hour with his fastball, but hasn’t pitched since October 3, 2012 and is now looking at the possibility of a third consecutive lost season with his 30th birthday around the corner.

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