Moylan set to throw off mound Sunday

A little more than 10 weeks removed from back surgery, Braves reliever Peter Moylan is ready to throw off a bullpen mound.

He is scheduled to throw 15 pitches on Sunday at about 50 percent effort.

“Knowing myself I think it’ll probably be 15 pitches at 80 percent,” Moylan said with a smile. “I’ll tell them it’s 50.”

He says that, but Moylan acknowledged the Braves have kept him tempered all along his recovery from May 17 herniated disc surgery. And now he’s nearing the target recovery range of 12 weeks feeling good.

“I feel really strong,” said Moylan, who has been playing catch for the past two weeks.  I haven’t felt my back the whole time. It hasn’t even been a thought. Plus all the (core) work I’ve been doing, I think it’s paid off.”

Moylan will spend the next couple of weeks building up arm strength and eventually head out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said again Saturday he thought Moylan could return by the end of August or the first week of September.

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Dennis Reynolds

July 30th, 2011
6:31 pm

He cant come back soon enough.


July 30th, 2011
6:34 pm

what is timetable for medlen? is he a starter or bullpen long term?


July 30th, 2011
6:36 pm

Medlen may not be able to return this year. If he does it won’t be until Sept.


July 30th, 2011
6:49 pm

Medlen likely is done for the year. Has been shut down until Sept. Then, there would be no minor league to rehab in. One would think we will see Medlen next in late Feb at Roger’s pitching camp.


July 30th, 2011
6:59 pm

Moylan’s arm will be too tired for him to help us….

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

July 30th, 2011
7:22 pm

I know you think you understand what you thought I wrote but I’m not sure you realize that what you read is not what I meant.


July 30th, 2011
9:21 pm

Phil, I don’t understand how you’re saying Moylan’s arm will be too tired to help us. He’s been out for so long that his arm should be very fresh, and be able to contribute. What I would like to see is him able to take some of the workload off the O’Ventbrel trio. I think he can pitch the 7th or 8th inning, and give 1 or 2 of those guys a night off. We all know Venters can close if needed to give Kimbrel a night off.

And it definitely sounds like we won’t see Medlen until Spring Training. Since he’s having some setbacks, it’s better to not rush things and wait till he’s fully healthy. Hopefully he should be ready to go in the spring.


July 30th, 2011
9:26 pm

yea Peter!!!!

urban redneck

July 30th, 2011
9:50 pm

fantastic, we certainly need him. who gets dropped off the roster? vavarro?

bet he got a sweet tattoo to remember his back surgery.

Fan since 1977

July 31st, 2011
1:25 pm

Great news and as soon as he can go I hope I never hear the words “Scott Proctor” again.


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