(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this week.)
It’s a blustery, cold Monday in Atlanta, and do you know where your favorite jack-of-all pitching trades is, four months into his rehab from “Tommy John” surgery? In shorts and gray T-shirt, Kris Medlen was a blur of activity in the upstairs romper room of the Gwinnett Sports Rehab center.
Just got back from visiting with the young right-hander who is less than a week away now from picking up a baseball for the first time since his Aug. 18 surgery. He was cleared to start doing some light throwing last week by Dr. James Andrews, but the renowned surgeon wanted him to take two weeks working with a medicine ball indoors first before he starts “rainbow” tossing with a baseball next week.
What that looks like is Medlen standing about 15-20 feet in front of a mini-trampoline, propped up at an angle. He starts by throwing a 10-12 pound medicine