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Braves' Venters exits game with elbow injury

Braves setup man Johnny Venters left a spring game against the Tigers with a sprained elbow.

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP)Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters was removed in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers because of a sprained left elbow.


Venters replaced Jordan Walden at the start of the inning in his first appearance since March 13 , when he forced in a run against Miami by walking four straight batters.


He allowed a leadoff homer to Don Kelly that tied the score 2-2. Jhonny Peralta struck out, Bryan Pena walked and Ramon Santiago hit a go-ahead triple to right. Venters threw a run-scoring wild pitch and was replaced by Andrew Russell.


Venters went 5-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 66 games for the Braves last season.