Cole Rohrbough has completed his throwing program. He's ready to start throwing off the mound in side sessions and then will move to live batting practice. He'll then get a few appearances in some extended games. The Braves are happy with his progress from the shoulder tendonitis. Hopefully, Rohrbough will be with a team (Rome or Myrtle Beach) before May 1st.
Lefty starter Jonny Venters has had some elbow discomfort and the Braves just slowed him back a bit. He'll have a few outings in Extended and then be ready to go. He may be a week from joining either Myrtle or Mississippi.
Tyler Wilson, a lefty reliever, had knee surgery ten days ago to remove some debris. It was pretty much just a cleanup in his knee, which was locking up on him. He could be out another two months or so.
Right-handed pitcher Joe Johnson had shoulder surgery, and then a few weeks ago had another procedure when he was feeling a pinch in his shoulder. It's unlikely Johnson will pitch for a team this year.
Erik Cordier, who had additional elbow discomfort in spring training and was shut down, is expected to start pitching off the mound next week. His arm is feeling good and he's on the schedule that Dr. James Andrews placed him on when he was examined in Birmingham. So far, so good.
Jose Santiago will throw a few innings in Extended next week and could be ready to be sent out to a team in the next few weeks.
Cory Gearrin has battled a blister problem, but he's mainly just waiting for a spot to open up on one of the rosters.
Outfielder Quentin Davis has had some shoulder trouble. The Braves say he may be ready to go to AA in a few days, which would in effect may him the replacement for Jordan Schafer on the Mississippi roster.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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