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.