Jonny Venters has a torn UCL, halting comeback from third Tommy John surgery

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Rays reliever Jonny Venters suffered a torn UCL, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lefty is deciding whether to retire or undergo a fourth Tommy John surgery.

Venters, 31, had been on a rehab assignment with Single-A Charlotte, his first time pitching in pro ball since 2012. He made four appearances in the span of 11 days from June 4-14. He then took six days off. He faced just one batter in his final appearance on June 20, giving up a single.

Venters was one of baseball’s most feared relievers in 2010 and ’11 with the Braves. In his rookie season in ’10, he finished with a 1.95 ERA and a 93/39 K/BB ratio in 83 innings. The next season, he finished with a 1.84 ERA and a 96/43 K/BB ratio in 88 innings, leading the league with 85 appearances.

You have to feel for Venters. He has battled valiantly to get back to the majors, but his elbow just hasn’t agreed.