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Braves release Venters, bring back Blevins

The Atlanta Braves selected the contract of left-hander Jerry Blevins on Saturday and granted fellow left-hander Jonny Venters his unconditional release.

Blevins, 35, signed a big league contract with the Braves less than a week after he was designated for assignment by the team. He is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA (four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings) this season, which is his 13th in the majors.

The return of Blevins coincided with the departure of Venters, 34, who struggled badly in his fifth season with the Braves. He was 0-0 with a 17.36 ERA after giving up 13 runs (nine earned) in only 4 2/3 innings.