Medlen’s injury minor, shouldn’t affect next start

PHOENIX — Kris Medlen was upbeat as usual Wednesday, eagerly demonstrating his normal range of motion in the left shoulder he injured sliding during Tuesday’s game.

Manager Bobby Cox said Medlen had a minor strain of the rotator cuff in his non-throwing shoulder and should be able to make his next scheduled start.

The young pitcher is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his past five starts while filling in for injured pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who’s expected to be back in the rotation in 2-3 weeks.

“He’s really a good athlete,” Cox said of Medlen, who has two hits, three walks and two RBIs in two starts on the current road trip. “He’s pretty special. He reminds me of a jack-in-the-box, how he’s always going. He’s full of energy and fun to have on the team.”

Medlen got hurt on a sixth-inning slide at home plate, when he hustled to score from second base on a Jason Heyward single. He reached to tag the plate after scrambling to avoid the tag, and in the process Medlen’s shoulder jarred against the ground.

He grimaced from pain as he left the field, but Medlen said it subsided soon after he went to the clubhouse and iced.

12 comments Add your comment

Pete

June 9th, 2010
10:05 pm

DOB, Is there any word about Chris Resop coming up to the Braves? I think they could find a place for him if he is pitching well at AAA.

Eleth

June 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

Big B CH 99

June 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

I would hope that they might call him up & send Chavez down, he’s clearly our worst bullpen pitcher.

the drake

June 9th, 2010
10:18 pm

Resop or Proctor? Hmmmmmmm. Who to send down? Who to send down? Could it be……………………………………………………………………………………..CHAVEZ!

the drake

June 9th, 2010
10:20 pm

Chavez is this years version of Chris Rietsma/Dan Kolb! Perhaps the D-backs would be interested? He would actually improve their bullpen!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 9th, 2010
10:26 pm

Haha! Love that quote from Bobby! Good stuff!

ATL: We only get burned once

June 9th, 2010
10:39 pm

Looking forward to seeing McLouth in Gwinnett….ASAP!!!!

Michael Procton

June 10th, 2010
2:02 pm

Proctor still needs plenty of work. He just got back into games at Myrtle.

Biff Pocaroba

June 10th, 2010
3:34 pm

Biff Pocaroba

June 10th, 2010
3:35 pm

Jesus Procton, you’re on here too? I get enough of you on the Observer blogs…

[...] to this guy. … Kris Medlen(notes) has a mild strain of his rotator cuff but for the moment he’s still expected to make his next turn on Sunday. … Miguel Montero(notes) (knee) is making excellent progress on his rehab assignment and [...]

[...] to this guy. … Kris Medlen(notes) has a mild strain of his rotator cuff but for the moment he’s still expected to make his next turn on Sunday. … Miguel Montero(notes) (knee) is making excellent progress on his rehab assignment and [...]

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