Medlen ready to move forward as starter

Kris Medlen made his case. It was a good one.

The Braves right-hander won a spot in the starting rotation after filling in for the injured Jair Jurrjens, who returned to the mound Wednesday. With Jurrjens’ return, Kenshin Kawakami was moved to the bullpen.

“I wasn’t going in trying to make it a competition, battling KK out for the last spot,” Medlen said. “It wasn’t anything like that. I just wanted to go out and fill in for JJ while he was gone and I did that.”

Medlen (5-1, 3.15 ERA) will make his next start Friday against the Marlins.

In nine starts since Jurrjens went on the disabled list on April 29 with a hamstring injury, Medlen went 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA. He struck out 37 and walked just 10. Medlen won three games in June, with 22 strikeouts and four walks, to strengthen his chances of remaining in the rotation.

Kawakami (1-9, 4.48) got his first win in his last start on Saturday.

“Win-loss wise we weren’t winning when KK was pitching, even though if you look at his numbers he wasn’t doing awful at all,” Medlen said. “He goes out and battles his butt off every single time. It just worked out that way.”

Medlen admitted that he did think about whether or not he would return to the bullpen once Jurrjens was healthy. However, his main concern was winning ball games – and he did that.

“I’m definitely starting to get used to [starting] again,” Medlen said. “I like being able to prepare for my outing and then just having a day to throw it all out there.”

27 comments Add your comment

bruce

June 30th, 2010
6:05 pm

a real competitor

BOISESTATEBRONCO

June 30th, 2010
6:22 pm

Boomer deserves it!! Way to go Kris!! :)

JohnSmith

June 30th, 2010
6:25 pm

That’s our Jack-in-the-box!

Delbert D.

June 30th, 2010
6:26 pm

Keep Medlen in the rotation and spot-start Lowe.

stew

June 30th, 2010
6:27 pm

The problem is dumping KK. You just can’t spend 8 million for a long reliever.

Willy

June 30th, 2010
6:41 pm

I applaud the Braves for not making the politically correct decision.

BravesFan86

June 30th, 2010
7:11 pm

Very glad they chose to keep medlen in starting rotation, his numbers have been fantastic, even tho KK’s 1-9 record isnt all his fault…medlen is the easy choice with his current stats. Go Braves! gotta win tonight!

Choppinmama

June 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

Does he get to leave his My Little Pony backpack in the bullpen?

Braves82

June 30th, 2010
8:01 pm

“You just can’t spend 8 million for a long reliever.”

Why don’t ask the Cubs how much they will be paying their long reliever. Sometimes it is not about money, but who is the better player.

Ted Turner

June 30th, 2010
9:13 pm

Hey Comcast, where the f__k are the Braves on SportsSouth??? The signal never went out on TBS when I televised the mother f___ing games!!!! Where are my Braves? Where’s my medicine? Where’s Jane?

JMAYNE

June 30th, 2010
10:41 pm

Dont matter how much they spend on kk as long as the money they are spending is not for him to go out there and lose ballgames. Should be better out of the pen. Less pitches to worry about, able to throw harder, etc. It was an experiment and it didnt would. Cox is making the right move.

I hear banjos and the horses are nervous in Covington

June 30th, 2010
11:08 pm

Captain Planet, er Teddy, to quote you, “Awwwwwwwwwahhhhhhhhh, awwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhh.” You are a goof, but still wished you bankrolled the Braves.

Matt

June 30th, 2010
11:23 pm

While most will think the idea is crazy, why not send Lowe to the pen and bring Johhny Venters to start games? Who care how much Lowe is getting paid he still is only slightly better than KK

jesse james

July 1st, 2010
12:12 am

Medlen is a competitor. He throws strikes and keeps the call down and is very consistent. I still think KK is a pretty good starter. The bottom line is you never have enough pitching. If KK goes to the pen, don’t be scared to spot start him or in long relief especially the way Hanson has had a few slow starts.

CaptainMudderland

July 1st, 2010
12:25 am

Yes, yes I am really to start my new ‘meds.’

CaptainMudderland

July 1st, 2010
12:27 am

really=ready…time to hang it up like King.

bali

July 1st, 2010
7:17 am

another insightful article on the atlanta braves….i also enjoy your postgame interviewswith the players and manager

Chris from the Rock

July 1st, 2010
8:01 am

Chris Vivlamore=Gregor Blanco

Turtsnap

July 1st, 2010
10:46 am

OH GLORIOUS DAY!!! NO MORE KK!!!

SCBrave

July 1st, 2010
11:00 am

The TV guys (namely Joe) keep talking about McCloth coming back, but am I out of line thinking Blanco should stay in the lineup ahead of Nate? I also think Omar needs to start getting more ABs, perhaps at Yunel’s expense.

OldeFan

July 1st, 2010
12:17 pm

Have really enjoyed watching Medlin work. The PTB made the right decision here. In previous years, they would have gone with being PC. I am sensing that Wren is more interested in having a winning team, than in being rigidly old school. We haven’t seen that since the days of Ted!

NOTSO FAST

July 1st, 2010
12:25 pm

Great to have Medlin available. If Braves need to add something Medlin would be tradeable.KK probably wouldn’t

Braves82

July 1st, 2010
1:11 pm

Blanco is no more than a AAAA guy. I only hope that he has good numbers while he is in Atlanta so his value will increase so we can trade is sorry but!

Mark Biles

July 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

Medlen reminds me of Pat Jarvis (called the bulldog) who pitched for us in the 60s and 70s. Jarvis was short like Medlen, but was called a bulldog for his competitiveness. Congrats and keep it up, Medlen!

a

July 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

AAAA = the majors, doesn’t it?

Scorby Jones

July 1st, 2010
8:20 pm

AAAA means that a guy kills competition in AAA, but doesn’t have quite enough to make it as an every day big-leaguer.

Joshua

July 2nd, 2010
10:51 am

“While most will think the idea is crazy, why not send Lowe to the pen and bring Johhny Venters to start games? Who care how much Lowe is getting paid he still is only slightly better than KK”

Because Venters did not perform well as a starter in the minor leagues. It was not until he moved to the pen this year that he started to be an effective pitcher.

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