Gwinnett reliever Marek headed for “Tommy John” surgery

Triple-A Gwinnett reliever Stephen Marek is headed for season-ending elbow reconstruction surgery, Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp said Friday.

Marek will undergo “Tommy John” surgery on Wednesday in Birmingham performed by Dr. James Andrews, a surgery that typically requires a 12-month recovery. Kemp said Marek found out about his diagnosis late Thursday.

“I talked to him and he was really upbeat about it,” Kemp said. “He knows it’s a process. He’ll make the most of it and get back healthy.”

Marek’s elbow stiffened up following Sunday’s outing in Gwinnett and he was placed on the disabled list Monday with an inflamed right elbow. An MRI confirmed he needed surgery.

Marek was one of the top contenders for the Braves bullpen during spring training. He was also a “close second” choice to Cory Gearrin when the Braves called up an additional reliever April 22, Fredi Gonzalez said.

Marek had been scoreless through 9 1/3 innings over his first eight innings for Gwinnett, with 14 strikeouts and no walks. He struggled over his last two outings, giving up five runs and four walks in 5 1/3 innings combined.

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AthensBrave

May 6th, 2011
2:31 pm

First. This is not good because Marek has great upside. Hopefully the thing about coming back stronger off of tommy john surgery is right.

Bob the Blogger

May 6th, 2011
2:34 pm

The Tex trade keeps getting worse.

LAG

May 6th, 2011
2:35 pm

Rehab well, Marek. There are many who look forward to your debut in Turner Field some time next season.

BravesFanLostInOhio

May 6th, 2011
2:35 pm

Bad news about Moylan and Marek on the same day. Good thing our bullpen is deep…

phil

May 6th, 2011
2:38 pm

He’ll come on back in a year or so and be fine…they usually are…best of luck with it, SM.

Wat

May 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

@ Bob

the tex deal w/ the angels couldn’t get any worse. Cotchman was not an answer. The promise of ANYTHING at somepoint makes things a little better.

I’m not sure if he’s still in the majors. I think he’s with the rays now. (maybe?)

I was excited at marek’s potential out of the pen this year. It’s not good news, but hopefully he can come back stronger like Venters did.

TJ surgery has (knock on wood) worked out pretty kindly to our pitchers recently. Hopefully this continues going forward.

Metro Coach

May 6th, 2011
3:05 pm

At what point does every pitcher have this surgery after being drafted just to get it out of the way? The amount of guys going through TJ surgery is getting fairly high. I realize the human arm wasn’t meant to throw a ball overhand, especially at 90+ mph, but more and more guys are haivng this procedure every year. Perhaps innings limits are acutally causing arm stress rather than alieviating it.

onebravosfan

May 6th, 2011
3:06 pm

It does stink that both Marek and Moylan are advised to get surgery on the same day. But on the upside, I understand Meds is still preparing to come back in August, which will definitely strengthen our bullpen…

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
3:37 pm

Sucks. Be thankful it’s not Venters or Kimbrell.

MAC

May 6th, 2011
3:41 pm

I like a Gearrin/EOF 7th inning spot, if its too much, bring up Teheran in June.

Go Bravos

May 6th, 2011
3:47 pm

Man – first Moylan, now his potential call-up?!

Largo

May 6th, 2011
3:49 pm

Big Trouble! We need a good right hander for the seventh inning.

phil

May 6th, 2011
4:05 pm

Oh lord…Mather over Wayward in RF? He needs a night off but Mather?

Inside Guy

May 6th, 2011
4:07 pm

Julio Tehran has been called up to start SAt. WHOA.

Inside Guy

May 6th, 2011
4:08 pm

UNREAL. And thats a national TV game…

Najeh Davenpoop

May 6th, 2011
4:13 pm

ramblingman

May 6th, 2011
4:33 pm

I thought Sunday was the televised game.

Kotchman is indeed still with the Rays, hitting over .320 as a bench hitter and backup 1B.

Moylan and Marek will both be missed but they will come back and things are not drastic. The team has depth and can withstand the loss of Pete.

bgvt

May 6th, 2011
4:34 pm

Odd claim .. the doubleheader doesn’t affect the rotation until Sunday’s game.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 6th, 2011
4:34 pm

According to Bill Shanks, 1670 am in Macon, its a spot start so that Huddy, Hanson don’t have to pitch on 3 days rest.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 6th, 2011
4:35 pm

Sat game is at 7pm.

phil

May 6th, 2011
4:39 pm

I thought Sunday was the day at issue, not Saturday…

kirkinga

May 6th, 2011
5:40 pm

Yet another example why you can never have too much pitching.

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