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Friday, March 29, 2013
Updated: March 31, 9:26 AM ET
Jonny Venters to see Dr. Andrews

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ATLANTA -- Braves reliever Jonny Venters will have his ailing left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Team officials say Venters will see the noted orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday after the pitcher felt tightness in the elbow during his last spring training appearance.

"It didn't swell up," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It wasn't terrible (on Wednesday), soreness-wise. Most of the soreness is in my muscles. So that's good. ... I'm not too awful worried about it being anything."

Venters had to come out of Tuesday's game against Detroit and likely will start the season on the disabled list, clearing the way for the Braves to keep Cristhian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro on the 25-man roster. Both are out of minor league options.

Andrews performed elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Venters' elbow in 2005. Venters recovered to become one of Atlanta's most reliable setup relievers.

Venters has formed a formidable duo with Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. In his first two years in the league, Venters was a workhorse, logging more than 80 innings per season and posting a 1.95 ERA in 2010 and a 1.84 ERA in 2011. He struck out more than 90 batters each season.

He spent some time on the disabled list with elbow inflammation last season and saw his numbers go up: 3.22 ERA, 1.52 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings.

Venters said he didn't feel a pop Tuesday like he did in 2005.

"It seems like a sprain of some sort, or strain," Braves general manager Frank Wren said, according to the Journal-Constitution. "We'll let Jim Andrews tell us what his findings are once he sees him. Until Jim sees him, we just won't know."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.