NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Braves have shut down left-hander Jonny Venters for the rest of the season after the reliever tore an elbow ligament while trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery.<br />
The 29-year-old Venters hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, a season after he made the NL All-Star team.<br />
The Braves said Thursday that Dr. James Andrews had found the tear a day earlier. Venters had been doing light throwing in his comeback bid.<br />
"They did an MRI and he re-tore it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "One of the options is for him to have the third Tommy John."<br />
Venters previously had the elbow surgeries in 2005 and 2013.<br />
Venters is 15-10 with six saves and a 2.23 ERA in three seasons with Atlanta. He led the majors with 85 appearances in 2011.
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