Jonny Venters to pay another visit to Dr. James Andrews

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Jonny Venters was a workhorse in the Braves bullpen from 2010-2012, but he has yet to pitch this season due to a sore left elbow. And there’s a chance we might not see him again until 2014.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Venters is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Thursday. The 28-year-old received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow during his first visit to Andrews last month, but the soreness has lingered during his recent throwing session. While it’s too soon to say what the outcome of the visit will be, Bowman writes that Tommy John surgery is a “definite possibility.”

Venters previously had Tommy John surgery after his 2005 season in the minors. If he needs to go under the knife again, he will miss the rest of the season and the early part of 2014. Either way, he’s nowhere close to rejoining the Braves’ bullpen.

A.J. Hinch responds to Ken Giles’ negative comments about Astros

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On Sunday, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles spoke to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star. Giles said, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston.” Giles won a World Series with the Astros last year, but talked about communication issues with the Astros and compared them unfavorably to the Blue Jays. Giles described the communication as having been “lost” and credited the Jays for staying patient with him.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch responded to Giles’ comments on Monday. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hinch said:

I think he’s wrong and I’m disappointed that he would go down that path given how much work and time and energy and communication that our front office, our coaching staff, me, we all went through this with him. And I understand, there was some disappointment in his tenure as an Astro because of the turbulent way things went about. We gave him every opportunity, we communicated with him effectively, we have an incredible culture where every single player will tell you it’s one of the best cultures they’ve had, one of the best communication envrionments they’ve had. They all know their roles. They all know their situations. To have one person out of all the guys in our clubhouse come out and claim otherwise is flat wrong.

While Giles certainly could be embellishing or deliberately misconstruing his time there, Hinch’s rebuttal doesn’t actually disqualify anything Giles said. Giles certainly could have had a negative experience in Houston even if everyone else was enjoying the “incredible culture” and “one of the best communication environments.”

Given how the Astros — including Hinch — responded to criticism about their acquiring an accused domestic abuser, they’re not in the best position to boast about an “incredible culture” anyway.

At any rate, this is a he-said, he-said situation. If anything more comes of it, it will be Giles further torching a bridge.