NL East Links: Venters, Mets, Marlins, Gonzalez

As David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Braves left-hander Jonny Venters, who has spent the entire season rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery, has received the devastating news that he has re-torn his left ulnar collateral ligament and will require a third Tommy John surgery if he is to continue his career. Venters says that he will address reporters Friday to further comment on the unfortunate news. O’Brien lists Jose Rijo and Jason Isringhausen as a rare pair of examples of success following a third Tommy John operation.

More from the National League East…

  • The Mets worked out Cuban third baseman Pavel Quesada and shortstop Roberto Carlos, reports Mike Puma of the New York Daily News (Twitter links). Quesada, said to be a third baseman with some pop, was the more impressive of the two, according to Puma’s sources. The 28-year-old Carlos, on the other hand, was described as a “work in progress” that needs to improve the strength of his throwing arm.
  • Although the Marlins are hanging on in the playoff race — they’re five and a half games out of a Wild Card spot — president of baseball operations Michael Hill tells’s Joe Frisaro that a last-minute trade is unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean that the team will be going young in the month of September. With a postseason berth still a possibility, Hill notes that the team is less inclined to go with young players in order to give them experience when a veteran could give them a better chance at winning in a given situation. For this reason, top prospect Andrew Heaney may not get a September callup, Frisaro notes.
  • “He looked like a totally different guy than in Spring Training,” an American League scout told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer when discussing Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. A National League scout told Gelb, “He’s a solid setup guy for me.” The Phillies are very pleased with the progress they’ve seen since Gonzalez’s injuries in Spring Training made the team’s $12MM investment look questionable. Gonzalez, who is likely to receive a September callup, has a 2.36 ERA in 34 innings since shifting to a relief role and has risen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’s flashed a 95 to 98 mph fastball and could factor into the bullpen as a setup man coming out of Spring Training next year.

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8 Comments on "NL East Links: Venters, Mets, Marlins, Gonzalez"

Rally Weimaraner
10 months 28 days ago

At some point you just need to admit that throwing a baseball is not what you are meant to do Venters

10 months 28 days ago

So unfortunate too since he’s quite a good reliever. He can still make it back but you would think after a third TJ his confidence must be shot.

Ray Ray
10 months 28 days ago

Maybe he should teach himself to pitch with his right hand. Probably wouldn’t work, but it would be worth a shot. It couldn’t hurt anyway, the left arm seems to be gone.

10 months 28 days ago

Phillies bullpen is going to be nasty next year with MAG, Diekman, Giles, DeFratus, and probably Papelbon. It’s a shame that their 3-5 starters are going to have them down 6 runs by the time they come in. (Maybe 2-5 if Lee can’t get healthy and/or Hamels gets traded)

10 months 28 days ago

I hate to play the blame game, but Fredi Gonzalez has to feel guilty after throwing Venters out there for 171 innings during 2010-11.

10 months 28 days ago

Sad as it was O’Flaherty and Venter’s who made Kimbrel look even better a few years ago.

10 months 28 days ago

with Wright’s shoulder problems i guess the Mets are looking to move him to short stop or maybe even 1B

Puig Power
10 months 28 days ago

Hong-Chih Kuo had a solid career after three TJs, including an All-Star appearance.