Medlen progressing on fast track from elbow surgery

Kris Medlen wasn’t expected to return from elbow reconstruction surgery until mid to late August, but the way he’s progressing right now there’s a chance it could be even sooner.

Medlen has suffered no major setbacks in his recovery, which typically requires 12 months. He’s begun mixing in his curveballs in his bullpen sessions. He’s scheduled to throw a 90-pitch side session on Tuesday and if all goes well could be throwing live batting practice by the end of the week.

“It’s close,” said Medlen, who would likely go to extended spring training when the Braves hit the road Friday. “I can’t wait until the official test to see if my stuff is just as good as before, so I can see people trying to swing at it. It feels good; I just don’t know if it’s actually good or not.”

Once Medlen starts throwing live batting practice, he’ll build up like Braves pitchers do in spring training and eventually work up to minor league rehabilitation games. The versatile Medlen could come back as a reliever or as a starter, depending on what the Braves needs are, but the relief route is faster.

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Born2Buzz

May 30th, 2011
2:56 pm

Good to hear about Medlen. Can’t have too many good arms.

Hey DOB, please pass this along to Uggla. He needs to go get a decent hair cut. Then maybe he will start to hit.
Just thought about that as I watched him swing at the first pitch and pop up with McCann sitting on 2nd with 1 out.
Geez, it couldn’t hurt.

Brime Lee

May 30th, 2011
2:57 pm

Go Go Kris,
Hope to see you pitching soon at The Ted!

chipper zzang

May 30th, 2011
3:03 pm

Medlen is no doubt one of the Braves’ most valuable player. With Venters, Oflatty, Proctor, Moylan(who will b back soon), it will be a great addition to already the most powerful bullpen in the league. Plus, he is our future starter.

Beauvighn

May 30th, 2011
3:04 pm

When Medlen returns, we will have an over-abundance of staring pitching..In addition to our regular 4 we have Minor, Beachy and dont forget about Julio Tehran who is probably a future # 1…We need to package medlen, Minor or Beachy with another guy and see if we can get a for sure bopper like Bautista…Just a thought

choozer

May 30th, 2011
3:05 pm

We need him in the bullpen because with our offense, extra innings may continue to be a regular occurrence.

Don't trade Young Pitching

May 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

@Born2Buzz better idea. Actually attend a game and then you can tell Dan yourself.

Millbrook

May 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

i know, we can get rid of uggla!

Born2Buzz

May 30th, 2011
3:42 pm

@Don’t trade, I’ll be there Wednesday and try to do so.

rickman

May 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

uggly should hit AAA a while and re-learn how to hit…He is killing the braves now…Put Prat back on 2nd…Mac in left, leave Sch in center and lead-off. Once Hayward returns healthy it should kick the “O” going. UGGLY IS BAD NEWS….

STH

May 30th, 2011
5:25 pm

Its takes alot to earn the respect of my favorite pitcher/player of my era and maybe all time, but we miss you Kris “mad dog” Medlen. You remind me of Maddux with the way you pitch and the way you battle.

Bruce

May 30th, 2011
6:25 pm

Fabulous news!

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Boston Braves

May 31st, 2011
8:12 am

anybody know who will be pitching for the Braves Saturday in NY, going to be there to see the bravos win!

EH

May 31st, 2011
11:10 am

Boston Braves: Should be JJ, according to http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers/index.jsp?c_id=atl . A couple Iowa Braves fans will be there too.

RoyU

May 31st, 2011
11:49 am

Maybe Medlen can use this rehab time to practice his hitting! God knows we have greater needs in that area! Maybe he can play second base!

RoyU

May 31st, 2011
11:54 am

Maybe Medlen can use this rehab time to practice his hitting! God knows we have greater needs in that area! Maybe he can play second base!

RoyU

May 31st, 2011
11:54 am

Maybe Medlen can use this rehab time to practice his hitting! God knows we have greater needs in that area! Maybe he can play second base!

RoyU

May 31st, 2011
11:54 am

Maybe Medlen can use this rehab time to practice his hitting! God knows we have greater needs in that area! Maybe he can play second base!

RoyU

May 31st, 2011
11:54 am

Maybe Medlen can use this rehab time to practice his hitting! God knows we have greater needs in that area! Maybe he can play second base!

benchwarmer

May 31st, 2011
12:41 pm

Uggla, starting to seem like our old Francouer problem. Right now he’s not much of a hitter from the neck up.

Mark (another one)

May 31st, 2011
1:46 pm

Rickman: How do you move Uggla to AAA?

bravesfaninNashville

May 31st, 2011
3:59 pm

Dan Uggla will get it straightened out and when he does he’s going to carry this team for a while. He’s a great player and his defense has not hurt us a bit in fact it has helped us… Let’s support him until he breaks out of this slump… There’s no one on the field that wants to perform more than he does and he’s probably trying to hard if anything. He’ll be fine and then all of the naysayers will jump on his band wagon and call Frank Wren a genius.. Typical……

Deedle Nick

June 1st, 2011
8:20 am

@ RoyU
Heard you the first time LOL

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