Joining the walking wounded in the Braves dugout these days is Kris Medlen, who is back with the team 10 days removed from “Tommy John” elbow ligament transplant surgery. If nothing else, it was something to do.
“The first week it was sitting on the couch watching Travel Channel and Food Network and eating food,” Medlen said. “I didn’t go outside for three days. I just stayed in my apartment. People were bringing me food; it was great…I need to get Tommy John all the time. Let’s get Tommy John on my left arm.”
Needless to say, the quick-witted Medlen is feeling better. And he’s keeping busy by writing a blog about his recovery at www.krismedlen.blogspot.com.
Medlen said he’s still in some pain as he works on extending his right arm fully and in his left knee where a tendon was removed to transplant into his elbow. But his humor is intact.
“They take a cheese-grater type thing, they string cheese your hamstring tendon,” said Medlen, who watched a DVD of the surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Among the other things Medlen has watched on TV was an ESPN story about how nine All-Star pitchers this year had come back from Tommy John.
“It obviously works and is successful,” said Medlen, whose recovery is expected to take 12-18 months. “It’s just a matter of me putting in the time to rehabbing and getting everything better.”
In other injury news:
Center fielder Jordan Schafer has been shut down for the rest of the season with the Mississippi Braves, as he continues to have problems with a sore left hand. Schafer had surgery on his left wrist last September and continued to battle soreness in recent weeks, even after receiving a cortisone shot and spending seven days on the disabled list.
“The repetitive stress of hitting every day and trying to get strength back in the hand, and all that at the same time you’re trying to perform, is very difficult,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
Schafer might play winter ball if he sees improvement in the coming weeks….
Jair Jurrjens has been wearing a splint on his right hand in between innings of his starts. Jurrjens said that is to help swelling in his right thumb. Jurrjens injured his thumb getting jammed on a pitch in spring training.