Braves pitcher Kris Medlen was scheduled to have an MRI on his hip Thursday, Braves general manager Frank Wren said. Medlen missed the last two months of the season after undergoing ligament transplant surgery on his elbow. But Wren said he has had lingering hip pain from a start he made in Los Angeles in early June.
Medlen is not expected back from elbow surgery until August or September of next season at the earliest. He was 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 31 games last year for the Braves, including 14 starts.
Lee’s torn thumb ligament
First baseman Derrek Lee played the last two months of the season with a torn thumb ligament, Wren said. His thumb injury was reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in early September, but Lee did not want to acknowledge the injury or the extent of it. Wren said Thursday Lee first jammed his right thumb on Opening Day with the Cubs in Atlanta. It had improved when he was traded to the Braves on Aug. 18, but he tore it about a week later.
Lee played the rest of the season with an injury even more severe that what kept Jason Heyward out of action for three weeks and hindered him the six weeks prior. Lee received two pain-killing injections and took only an occasional day off.
“Bobby (Cox) and (trainer) Jeff Porter both said this is one tough guy to play with what he’s playing with,” Wren said.
Lee, who becomes a free agent, still hit .287 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 39 games for the Braves.