Medlen to be re-evaluated Saturday or Sunday

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen will stay home from the Braves’ trip to Houston and continue to rest his right elbow, as he awaits word on whether he’ll need to undergo “Tommy John” elbow reconstruction surgery.

Medlen said he expects to be examined by Braves doctors when the team returns, either on Saturday or Sunday and anticipates a decision some time soon thereafter on whether he’ll need surgery.

“It’s going to depend on the exam they’ll give me on Saturday or Sunday, and then if it goes good, I’ll probably toss to see,” Medlen said. “As of right now, I don’t think it’s going to be better, but it’s only been four days.”

Medlen said the Braves have consulted both James Andrews and Lewis Yocum, both nationally-renown surgeons who specialize in “Tommy John” surgery, and both said to give it a couple of weeks to see how it responds.

Medlen was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury he suffered in Wednesday night’s game against the Mets.

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Bob Horners liquor breath

August 8th, 2010
5:38 pm

peter nincompoop

August 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

Ive got my fingers crossed for ya medlen. GOOD LUCK!

Bob Horners liquor breath

August 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

so we trot Minor out there.

Bob Horner

August 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

I’m a beer drinker…..you’re a thief….you stole my handle…

ABravesFan

August 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

Good luck to Medlen. While the track record for people coming back from Tommy John surgery is pretty good now (not to mention the frequent small gain in velocity), still hope he can make a speedy recovery without going under the knife.

Billy O

August 8th, 2010
5:47 pm

More than likely Medlin is done for the year. The positive is if Chris has to have the TJ surgery he will come back stronger. Look at Tim Hudon and all these other guys who have had that surgery. I’m not wishing this on CM, just trying to be positive.

peter nincompoop

August 8th, 2010
5:58 pm

My fingers are also crossed that Jonny V doesnt end up in the same situation with all the work Bobbys been pushing him into.

willie g hates liberty media

August 8th, 2010
6:04 pm

willie g hates liberty media

August 8th, 2010
6:06 pm

MIKE MINOR IS NOT THE ANSWER, FREDDIE FREEMAN IS NOT THE ANSWER.TSTINKING LIBERTY MEDIA NEEDS TO SELL MORE PORNO TO HOTELS AND GET THE BRAVES REAL PLAYERS LIKE THE YANKEES GET.

willie g hates liberty media

August 8th, 2010
6:07 pm

look at the phillies lineup, then atlanta , enough said.

Doc K

August 8th, 2010
6:38 pm

willie b shuy the f up, we are in front of the phillies. First place is not good enough? You must be a friendless douche bag loser

worst to first

August 8th, 2010
6:39 pm

willie g: look at the production of the Phillies 1-25 and i’ll bet all together they don’t compare to the braves. A team doesn’t need a bunch of superstars if they get solid production one through twenty-five like the braves have. The Phillies have their starting nine and after that nothing, not saying that doesn’t work but that’s not the only way to go about it.Stop whinning and show support for your team

Doc K

August 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

people can’t be happy with where we are at go to pittsburgh and be a pirates fan stupid complainers

JMAYNE

August 8th, 2010
7:02 pm

Good luck Meds.

Elizabeth

August 8th, 2010
7:25 pm

Get well soon Kris! Can’t wait to have you back…Keep the Kris updates coming, Carroll and Dave! Love the kid and want to keep up with every phase of his recovery.Thanks!

Danlee

August 8th, 2010
7:59 pm

I feel so bad for this kid. He finally gets a spot in the rotation, he pitches like a champion, and then on one pitch he tears his UCL. Come on, he’s 24, that shouldn’t happen to a 24 year old. Life just isn’t fair

hawkfan335

August 8th, 2010
8:00 pm

Looking forward to seeing Minor pitch.

Mathman

August 8th, 2010
8:11 pm

Willie G, here’s betting you wouldn’t know if Minor is ready or not. Have you ever seen him pitch? Some of us have and Glavine says he is going to be a good one. So, does Gant. That’s pretty high praise.

Freeman is hitting .304 with 70 RBI’s. He is ready too. The next one after that is Brandon Beachy. He is almost ready. Then, Teheran. Beachy 7IP today and 3 hits, 2 ER.

Reality 4

August 8th, 2010
9:05 pm

Even if he doesn’t have to have surgery now, isn’t it just a matter of time that he will need one eventually? I sure hope Hanson and JJ remains healthy…

JRW7

August 8th, 2010
11:12 pm

Kris Medlen is a gamer! Hope he comes back soon. BRAVES need him! GO BRAVES!!!!

NaHe

August 9th, 2010
1:25 am

Why are they waiting???…just cut on it and get it over with! This way he can likely pitch toward the end of next season….if they wait, he’ll lose the ENTIRE 2011 season!! Just ask Smoltzie and Moylan what happened when he waited….they had it done anyway! Jeez….just do it and get on with the rehab!!!

[...] Kris Medlen is not going to travel with the team, but instead will continue to rest in Atlanta as he awaits word on whether he’ll need “Tommy John” elbow reconstructive surgery. [...]

NaHe

August 9th, 2010
6:19 am

I understand that….yes, I already read it….but think back to Smoltz and Moylan….and even Hudson. They waited, went thru therapy, got ’stronger,’….HA! I say they’re delaying the inevitable….GET IT FIXED NOW SO HE CAN AT LEAST PITCH AT SOME POINT NEXT YEAR!!!

Bravos

August 9th, 2010
8:26 am

Agree with NaHe. As much as I like seeing the Braves with Kris on the mound it is delaying what will come no matter what. Only reason not to is if he may be able to help in the post season this year which would be doubtful that he would be of much good with a partial tear. I have that Kawakami will do good in AAA and could work his way back in and be of some great use in September and October.

Joey M

August 9th, 2010
9:16 am

These things never get better. You can’t exercise the remaining attached tendons and ligaments till they are strong enough to compensate for the torn ones. They have to be reattached or replaced. A regular person would just live with it by modifying their activities and taking an anti-inflammatory. This is not a viable course of action with a world class athlete. Best case is we fix his arm now and he has Hudson, Moylan, and Smoltz to coach him through the rehab so he comes back stronger than ever. But we need to fix it right the first time so we don’t have another Mike Hampton on our hands.

jerry

August 9th, 2010
9:17 am

Doc K: Where you are is 8 consecutive World Series losses to the Yankees, 6 consecutive at Turner Field. These current bums are about where the previous bums were.

wjones

August 9th, 2010
9:25 am

jerry

“August 9th, 2010
9:17 am
Doc K: Where you are is 8 consecutive World Series losses to the Yankees, 6 consecutive at Turner Field. These current bums are about where the previous bums were.”

The Yankees have only played two World Series games in Turner Field (1999). Just saying…

Melky Way

August 9th, 2010
9:51 am

They just want to make sure,no need to cut on the kid for nothing,and another thing,he is just 24 he should heal just fine.

One Eyed Jack

August 9th, 2010
11:05 am

Whatever destiny awaits Ken, I hope it works out for him over the long haul. It’s a shame that he got hurt while he was taking full advantage of this opportunity and helping the Braves toward the pennant. A big loss for the Braves, and much uncertainity for Ken. Godspeed.

Tami

August 9th, 2010
11:20 am

You know….we should just ignore the “less-intelligent” ones that wander over to this blog. I am. If we mention the person by name, we’re only feeding into that person’s stupidity.

OK…now. I, for one, am more skeptical and believe Medlen’s done for the season. I hope he proves me wrong, though. Glav was talking a bit about Minor during the broadcast of yesterday’s game. He said with his busy life, it’s rare he can sit down and watch an entire baseball game. But the whole family is on notice that he’s making time for tonight’s game. He’s been watching Minor this entire past year, and feels he’s ready to go. For Glavine to be “excited” (because as you know if he’s excited, he certainly doesn’t show it …much…LOL), then maybe there’s something to it.

Go, Minor, and GO, BRAVES!

Keith

August 9th, 2010
11:46 am

Chris. Hang in there! Hope the news is better than expected. We miss you, and your great pitching. Hope to see you on the mound as soon as you have recovered with or without the surgery.

matt

August 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

NaHe- Medlen won’t be pitching next year, at least not in Atl. 1 year recovery + rehab = 2012.

Also, I’d hate to bring Freeman up. I mean he’s only been raking the ball all year at AAA and our 1b sucks and has only produced for 1 month so far.

Bring Freeman up, play infante everyday from here on out (this should be a no brainer).

Infante
Heyward
Prado
McCann
Chipper
Gonzalez
Diaz/Hinske
Ankiel

Shaunn

August 9th, 2010
12:47 pm

why do so many of you call him Chris….its KRIS…LEARN YOUR TEAM PEOPLE… :)

T'VILLE DAWG

August 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

BOY DOES THIS TEAM NEED KRIS MEDLEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melky Way

August 9th, 2010
2:11 pm

You spelled it right T’VILLE happy Shaunn!

Frank

August 9th, 2010
3:13 pm

When Medlen took the hard shot just below elbow, the Braves should have sat him out a start to ensure that the injury would not affect his throwing or cause injury.to elbow. bad judgement, should hAVE USED SOME CAUTION.

swain

August 10th, 2010
9:34 am

Medlen I believed in you when you played on Danville Braves Team in your Rookie Ball Season. I knew you would make it then and I know you will get through this. Keep Your Head Up. The Fat Lady Has Not Sung On You Yet. Hard Work and Determination will make you better than ever.

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