That workload has apparently caught up with Venters, as he's been getting hit hard since late May: a 5.84 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in his last 22 appearances (17 innings pitched), with five home runs allowed. And now we know an injury is involved:
LHP Jonny Venters has been placed on the 15-day DL with left elbow impingement. LHP Luis Avilan has been recalled from Gwinnett.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 5, 2012
Avilan is a 22-year-old lefthander who has posted a 3.23 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 16 appearances (12 starts) for Triple-A Gwinnett; he'll be making his major-league debut when he first steps onto the mound for the Braves. The Braves could use the help, too; since June 22 they've lost seven of 11 and fallen six games behind the NL East-leading Nationals.