Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has suffered a second setback in his recovery from elbow construction surgery and has been temporarily shut down to rest his elbow. The Braves don’t believe the setback is serious, but Medlen will visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday to be sure.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez characterized it Friday as nothing alarming.
“It’s not crazy,” he said. “It’s happened to a lot of people, set them back a little bit.”
Medlen had originally been ahead of schedule in his recovery and on target to return later this month, only 11 months removed from surgery. But he felt scar tissue breaking up while throwing a curveball during a bullpen session on May 31 and took some time off.
Medlen had been throwing again in Orlando, working with Braves physical therapist Troy Jones, at their Disney complex for the past two weeks.
Another right-hander the Braves have an eye on for some help in the second half is Peter Moylan. The side-armer is scheduled to begin playing catch at the Braves workout on Thursday as he continues his comeback from back surgery. Moylan had surgery for a herniated disc on May 17. Recovery typically requires 12 weeks, which would put him back in mid-August.