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BRAVES: Left-hander Jonny Venters will be shut down for a month after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sprained pitching elbow.

The team announced Tuesday that Venters was examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow in 2005. The pitcher felt tightness in his elbow during his last spring training game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

The Braves say Venters will begin a throwing program in four weeks.

REDS: Outfielder Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into third base during the season opener Monday and will need surgery, leaving the defending NL Central champions without one of their main run producers for an uncertain period. The team didn’t project how long Ludwick will be out.

METS: Pitcher Johan Santana had shoulder surgery for the second time in 31 months.

The team said the 34-year-old left-hander was operated on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mets medical director David Altchek repaired a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder.

Santana is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in three years.

Shaun Marcum was unable to pitch a simulated game because of pain in his neck and will not be able to come off the disabled list to start Sunday against the Miami Marlins.

Marcum had been set to throw Tuesday at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Marcum received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder for an impingement in March, then felt neck discomfort during a bullpen session on March 25. He did not pitch spring training games after March 16.

CUBS: City officials continue to negotiate over a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the mayor of a nearby community wants team owners to know they are welcome in his town.

Bradley Stephens is the mayor of Rosemont, located near O’Hare International Airport. He says there are 25 acres of land the Ricketts family, owners of the Cubs, can have for free if they decide they want to build a new ballpark.

Stephens understands the idea of leaving one of the most beloved ballparks in the nation is the longest of longshots. But he wants it known if the Cubs have to look for a new home they need look no farther than Rosemont. Stephens says he has made the offer known to the Ricketts.


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