Medlen surgery set for Wednesday

Now that the decision is made, Braves pitcher Kris Medlen says he’s eager to have ligament-transplant elbow surgery Wednesday and get started on a grueling recovery program that typically requires 12 months.

Medlen left an Aug. 4 start against the New York Mets with partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had a final exam Sunday before Braves doctors advised him that “Tommy John” surgery was needed to repair the damage.

Medlen said he had anticipated that outcome.

“At first I was trying to avoid it, but I think it’s going to be for the best,” said the 24-year-old California native. “I’m excited just to get it over with. But I’m starting to get a little nervous.”

Dr. James Andrews will do the surgery at his clinic in Birmingham. Andrews did the “Tommy John” procedure for Braves veteran Tim Hudson on Aug. 8, 2008, and Hudson returned to the Braves rotation last September.

Hudson, 35, is 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA this season, the staff ace and a Cy Young Award candidate.

Medlen was 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 31 games this season, and the Braves were 13-1 in his 14 starts.

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Bob Horners liquor breath

August 15th, 2010
6:26 pm


August 15th, 2010
6:27 pm

Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery, Kris.


August 15th, 2010
6:28 pm


August 15th, 2010
6:32 pm

Keep your head up Kris…Just look what Dr. Andrews did for Huddy..YOu will be back stronger than ever.. You are still a young buck..You have a lot of innings left in that right arm

Delbert D.

August 15th, 2010
6:39 pm

Medlen is young to have that surgery. I hope that helps in healing and rehab. Great guy; we need him.


August 15th, 2010
6:47 pm

Get well soon Kris! Will be praying for ya…can’t wait to have my favorite brave back on the mound:)


August 15th, 2010
6:57 pm

All in all, the Braves’ rotation in 2012 could be one of the best in modern history if Hanson continues his improvement, Hudson stays on track, Minor establishes himself and they find a way to hang on to JJ. Add any one of the other excellent SP prospects to that or if Medlen comes back as good/better as we saw him we could see one of the most dominant starting 5 ever.

Wat Wat Wat

August 15th, 2010
7:00 pm


Venters had Tommy John’s surgery a few years back, i believe when he was 23. Hopefully Medlen can make a similar comeback and become a fixture in our rotation soon.


August 15th, 2010
7:00 pm

Medlen has been the most pleasant surprise of the year to me by taking over the starting roll for the Braves. Thank you Kris, for playin’ the game the way its supposed to be played. See ya next season.


August 15th, 2010
7:11 pm

How long is Medlen under contract?


August 15th, 2010
7:19 pm

Medlin is a rookie Jack. He is on a one year contract until he is arbitration eligable.

Alan 10

August 15th, 2010
7:38 pm

Looking for your return next year Kris, work hard and come back even better-Tim is a good example.


August 15th, 2010
7:38 pm

I wish you the best of luck and for a speedy recovery.

Alaska Braves Fan

August 15th, 2010
7:47 pm

Of course, our best thoughts and wishes go out to Chris! For him, and for all the Braves, especially those who have struggled some recently – like Heyward – it’s extremely important for them all to keep their heads up and to realize that if they just rely upon their ability and what they have been taught, they will be successful and will produce. Though it’s terrible to lose Chipper, during his recovery he can be a major source of coaching and support for the younger guys. (I get really bummed when I hear people call Chipper “old.” I’m about to turn 64, and a 38-year-old is not my idea of OLD!)



August 15th, 2010
9:08 pm

Wish you the best! Especially with healing and rehab. Braves need you Kris!



August 15th, 2010
9:10 pm

Go KM, here’s wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery. It is for the best and hopefully like many you’ll come back stronger than ever, stay positive, the rehab is long but pays off. Braves fans including myself will be rooting for you. You did a great job for us this year and we are looking forward to many more W’s with you as an anchor for our staff.


August 15th, 2010
9:49 pm

Man…it stinks that Meds has to have the surgery, though. Well, in 2012, we could potentially have JJ (still…I hope), Huddy, Minor & Medlen as the starting four. I don’t think it’s realistic to assume Lowe will still be with the team by then. Perhaps, another starter will be tried out for next season to fill that spot. I believe Lowe would still be under contract next season.

I’m ready to see the Braves make room for Chipper as the hitting coach for 2011 if he can’t get back to playing form. After him showing up — crutches and all — today only 24 hours after surgery and seeing the team respond the way they did, who would want to mess with that? LOL

I agree with AKBravesFan: I’m almost 46, so it is kind of strange hearing that a 38-year-old is being labeled “old”. They are considered to be old, though, in “athlete’s years”, unfortunately.


August 16th, 2010
2:44 am

Why do people assume we wont have JJ in 2012? He is not eligible for free agency until 2014 and I would highly doubt the braves would trade him. A potential rotation of Hudson, JJ, Hanson, Medlen, Minor in 2012 would be disgustingly good. Not to mention having some of our other top pitching prospects as spot starters/bullpen Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino (if they are ready or not traded of course) add to this having Venters as closer and we would have potentially one of the most young, cheap, and awesome pitching staffs in baseball.

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August 16th, 2010
8:27 am

well, chalk up another STUPID move to Bobby Cox’s ledger. Guy gets drilled in his throwing arm 5 days ago and you send him out to pitch. Give me a break.


August 16th, 2010
8:35 am

This injury is so unnecessary. All you have to do is take the baseball out of the glove with the hand under the ball. Hudson is going to have the surgery again.

Damn shame.


Melky Way

August 16th, 2010
9:29 am

Kharma what in the hell are you talking about? Hudson is not going to have surgery!


August 16th, 2010
10:11 am

I hope he is able to come back as good as ever. What a plesant surprise. His pitching is what propelled us into first place. get well soon Kris

Nevada Roy

August 16th, 2010
11:01 am

I believe this means he goes on the 60-day disabled list freeing up a slot on the 40-man roster for a bat still desparately needed.


August 16th, 2010
11:21 am

Medlen gets hit hard by a pitch just below elbow of throwing arm, next start injury to elbow. Shouldn’t the Braves have held him out a start until area healed? Could it be that that area that was hit lead to the resulting elbow injury? Seems like the Braves are being careless with a young talented pitcher. Better to be on safe side.

I'm Not a Doctor . . .

August 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

. . . and neither are you, Frank. So perhaps you should GFY.


August 16th, 2010
3:39 pm

“I’m not a Doctor” but you must have not taken your medication today.


August 16th, 2010
4:00 pm

Good luck to Kris on a speedy recovery.

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