Giving up when something is difficult or setbacks have occurred has become all too common in everyday life. For Jonny Venters, 33, he did not let them prevent him from getting back to the game he loves.
Tuesday, Venters was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays. Venters was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 30th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft. He made his debut in 2010 and played for three total seasons including five appearances in the 2010 Major League Baseball Playoffs. Venters went on to have his 2nd and 3rd Tommy John surgeries and was released by the Braves.
Although he got the call-up, nothing was guaranteed for when he would appear in the game or not against the Baltimore Orioles. Luckily for him, Venters was called in to start the bottom of the sixth. His appearance was brief, only getting to face one batter.
He got slugger Chris Davis to ground out to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for his one out.
All-Star teammate Chris Archer was one of many who shared congratulation with Venters tonight.
Entering the game he had a career record of 15-10 with a 2.23 earned run average in 229.2 innings pitched and 258 strikeouts while a member of the Atlanta Braves.
Welcome back, Jonny Venters.