Medlen’s back with the team following his TJ surgery

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

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.

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August 28th, 2010
8:20 pm


August 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

wounded-and not even dead…


August 28th, 2010
9:21 pm

he seems like a pretty funny guy. good to have around the team. hope he keeps updating his blog. interesting to hear about his rehab.


August 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

Jurrjens wearing a splint now? Very Chipper-esque of you Jair….or perhaps your feeling like you need to provide SOME excuse for the lame outing??? OK OK….just stay away from scissors will you?

Ward Silver

August 28th, 2010
10:33 pm

Re: Infante’s qualification for batting title – Chip Caray gave an explanation that left me scratching my head. He said Omar could win the title – which was good to hear – but how he would qualify wasn’t so clear. What’s the deal?

Grandpa Right

August 28th, 2010
11:11 pm


If you are short of the qualifying ABs, but would still win if you added the ABs without any hits, you can qualify.

EXAMPLE: You are hitting .345 but are 30 ABs short of the qualifying number. If you added an 0 for 30, you would be hitting .333. If that .333 is better than the next best average, you are still the Batting Champ without the required at bats.


August 29th, 2010
7:48 am

So how is that fair for the next guy who did have enough ab’s?

Rufino Linares

August 29th, 2010
9:31 am

The next guy should have gotten more hits. If the winner is given an 0-fer for the number of at-bats needed, then the number of at-bats can’t be used as the reason for winning the title. The lack of at-bats by the winner would actually HURT his chance for winning.

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