In the final days of spring training, seeing reliever Jonny Venters looking at his left elbow before being pulled from Tuesday’s game against Detroit put a damper on things for the Braves.

Venters was diagnosed with a sprained elbow and will presumably open the season on the disabled list. Pitching in a major league game for the first time in 13 days, he faced five batters in the sixth inning and gave up a leadoff homer, a walk and a triple before leaving after throwing a wild pitch to the fifth batter, letting in the third run of the inning.

Asked last week about Venters not pitching since a four-walk outing against St. Louis on March 13, manager Fredi Gonzalez said there was nothing in particular wrong with him and that the Braves had just decided to “back him off” a little and give him some rest. Venters also was asked last week and said there was nothing physically wrong.

He pitched a perfect inning in a minor league game over the weekend and had no problems, Gonzalez said. Venters has pitched 6-2/3 innings of six Grapefruit League games and allowed 13 hits (two homers), eight runs (six earned) and six walks with six strikeouts.

Venters had a stint on the DL last July for an inflamed elbow or “impingment.” At that time he revealed that said the elbow had flared up from time to time previously during season.