Nationals southpaw Jonny Venters has undergone shoulder surgery, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (via Twitter). The oft-injured hurler had a procedure to repair a torn capsule three weeks ago.
This is the latest major surgery for a player that has had more than his fair share of them already. Most notably, Venters has undergone three Tommy John procedures — making his presence on the big-league mound rather astounding.
Unfortunately, this’ll be another big rehab effort for the 34-year-old. He’ll need four months of rest and rehab before he’s even able to resume throwing. Dougherty says that Venters isn’t yet sure whether he’ll attempt yet another comeback.
After an exceptional early-career run with the Braves, Venters went five full seasons between MLB appearances. He bounced back with the Rays before coming home to Atlanta last year via trade, ultimately throwing 34 1/3 innings of 3.67 ERA ball with a monster 69.1% groundball rate for the season. Venters was cut loose after struggling early this year, but had just found a new opportunity in D.C. before the shoulder problems intervened.