MLB Notes: Braves' Venters has 2nd Tommy John surgery

MLB Notes: Braves' Venters has 2nd Tommy John surgery
May 16, 2013, 3:30 pm
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has undergone the second major elbow operation of his career and will miss the rest of the season.

The Braves say the left-hander had Tommy John surgery Thursday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The procedure was performed in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews also performed the first Tommy John surgery on Venters when he was a minor leaguer in 2005.

Venters was one of Atlanta's most effective relievers over the last three seasons, serving as a setup man to closer Craig Kimbrel.

But Venters began experiencing pain in spring training and was shut down at the beginning of the season after receiving an injection in what was described as a sprained left shoulder.

Price on DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have put AL Cy Young Award winner David Price on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left triceps.

This is the first time in Price's career that he has been on the DL. The left-hander departed his start Wednesday night against Boston in the third inning with the injury.

Price has struggled this season, going 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts.

Tampa Bay also recalled left-hander Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham.

MLB hoping for large expansion of replay
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball appears set for a vast expansion of video review by umpires in 2014 and is examining whether all calls other than balls or strikes should be subject to instant replay.

Replay has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but change was put off while more radical options were examined.

"My opinion has evolved," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday after MLB executive vice president Joe Torre gave an update at a quarterly owners' meeting.

Torre hopes to have proposals by the Aug. 14-15 session in Cooperstown.

Umpires are under heightened scrutiny following two bad decisions last week. After initially failing to award Oakland's Adam Rosales a tying home run in the ninth inning at Cleveland on May 8, Angel Hernandez's umpiring crew reviewed video and still didn't award him the homer even though replays showed the ball clearly went over the fence.

The following day, umpire Fieldin Culbreth's crew allowed Houston manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning, leading to a two-game suspension for the crew chief.

"Have we had a bad week or so? Yeah," Torre said. "One was a rules thing; it had nothing to do with replay," (see full story).

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