Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has been cleared to begin throwing after a visit to Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Birmingham. Medlen is four months into his rehabilitation from elbow reconstruction surgery. For the next two weeks he’ll begin doing light throwing and lobbing at 30 feet.
Medlen said he is on track to begin throwing off a mound in spring training. Recovery from “Tommy John” surgery typically requires about 12 months, which would put him back, at best, in late August or September.
Medlen went 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 31 games last year, including 14 starts, before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had surgery on Aug. 18.
“I talk to (Braves reliever Peter) Moylan all the time and he says when you start throwing, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Medlen said. “The last 3 ½, four months – it’s flown by. I’m excited about how fast it’s going.”