Kris Medlen will take a big step in determining if he can return from ligament-transplant surgery in time for the playoffs when he throws his first round of live batting practice on Saturday. If all goes well, he’ll do the same on Sunday. Depending on how his elbow responds, he’ll head down to instructional league in Florida for some game action.
The Braves would like to see him get in an inning or two before the regular season is out to determine if he could be an effective answer to getting lefties out in the postseason. Medlen is 13 months out from elbow reconstruction surgery.
Lefty specialist George Sherrill has been out since Aug. 31 with elbow soreness. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and was shut down for a week. He returned to the bullpen mound Friday for the first time since then, throwing 15 pitches.
“It was pretty good for the first one,” said Sherrill, who plans to throw another side session on Sunday.