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Venters pulled from Braves win with sore elbow

LAKELAND, Fla. -- With spring training winding down, the Braves have to be concerned about Jonny Venters and the condition of his elbow.

The left-handed reliever gave up three runs in a third of an inning Tuesday against Detroit before being pulled and has an 8.10 ERA in seven Grapefruit League appearances.

The Braves (19-14) rallied to win 6-5 thanks to a three-run homer in the seventh inning by Ramiro Pena and a solo shot by Juan Francisco in the ninth. But the news was Venters' elbow.

Venters, who spent time on the disabled list with an inflamed elbow last July, gave up a homer and triple, walked one and threw a wild pitch.

The only batter he retired in the sixth inning was on a strikeout.

It was the first time Venters had pitched in a Grapefruit League games since March 13, when he walked four in 1 innings against Miami. He pitched on Saturday in a minor league game.

Tim Hudson, in his final tune-up for opening night on Monday against Philadelphia, allowed four hits and a run in four innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Don Kelly had a home run and two doubles for the Tigers (18-12).

The Braves play their next-to-last game in Florida, facing the Nationals today in Viera.