Updates on Medlen, Sherrill and their prospects for postseason

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.

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September 16th, 2011
7:25 pm

block, again


September 16th, 2011
7:43 pm

I think at this point I would not use Medlen, Jurrjens, or Hanson in the post season. Neither of them will be reliable for the post season.


September 16th, 2011
7:46 pm

Derek Lowe’s gonna pitch us right out of the wildcard.


September 16th, 2011
7:57 pm

D. Blowe strikes again. 4 runs in the first how is this guy in the conversation for post season rotation?


September 16th, 2011
7:59 pm

DEREK LOWE SUCKS! maybe, just maybe he will pitch his way out of playoff rotation

South Georgia Boy

September 16th, 2011
8:07 pm

Lowe throws everything about 86 mph with little movement. Just won’t work at major league level.


September 16th, 2011
8:11 pm


September 16th, 2011
8:19 pm

Hope for medlen. Thats great. That changeup could be a huge weapon in the postseason. Good against lefties. Alot of them in the lineup if we make it to the phils. How about Hudson-Beachy-Delgado in the first round. Hanson if possible. Hes gotta be better than lowe.


September 16th, 2011
8:31 pm

If Fredi G. has any guts he will have a private talk with Derek Lowe about going to the bullpen, make the move, and then use Hudson, Beachy, Minor, Delgado, and Teherhan for the rest of the way, and then come up with a playoff rotation from among them. Lowe’s career appears to be over, so why not demote him to the bullpen now, trade him(only by picking up at least 10 million of his contract) in the winter, or just release him and bite the bullet. Because of the Braves “cheap” tremendous talent of young pitching the sting of the Lowe debacle won’t seem so bad. I also say trade Jurrgens this winter and get some good prospects, and trade Hanson next winter for some good prospects. The Braves probably can’t afford either one when they hit free agency, so get rid of them at the right time and bring in some top level talent for the future. By the way, how I wish that Scott Boras and every other super agent in sports had to live in the real world and real economy with the rest of us.


September 16th, 2011
9:03 pm

this Lowe is really absolutely horrific. he gives the braves a 99 % chance to lose every start. how long does this go on ? now he’s down to less than 3 innings. 5 innings for him is a CG. he has to try to work this out without hurting the team every 5 days.
I agree that Jurgens and/or Hanson have to go. let them get healthy and trade them next year-at least 1 of them.


September 16th, 2011
10:05 pm

Phillies just tied it up!.


September 16th, 2011
10:41 pm

Scoring Position: NYM – 7 for 14. Atl – 0 for 9. Enough said…Year is shot


September 16th, 2011
10:49 pm

Lead down to 3.5…I really don’t see this team in the post season any more. They might lose 9 or 10 of their remaining 11 the way they are wilting.


September 16th, 2011
10:56 pm


SportsRadio PD

September 16th, 2011
11:20 pm

against THE METS??!! That hurt….alot.

Darryl Blackberry

September 16th, 2011
11:52 pm

D. Lowe Proctors up another win for the opposition. I pray for a retirement announcement, like, yesterday.

George Allen

September 17th, 2011
10:26 am

Lowe would be GREAT in the BULL PEN. He could enter if the pressure is just too much for Teheran and Delgado.

John A.

September 17th, 2011
12:20 pm

I have the perfect cure for Mr Lowe. If he wants to continue to embarass the team with his lack of desire….leave him in the game and let them score as many runs as they can. Make him earn his pay!!!!!!
This business of pitching less than 3 innings and getting paid for letting his butt such pine absolutely sucks. He needs to be taught a lesson he will never forget…..When the game is out of hand in the third inning, it’s time for a serious move. This is the third time in a row this behavior has taken place. Would you condone this behavior from your own child? I think not!!!!!

Lowe is not only slapping the Braves in the face, he is now spitting in their face!!!!!

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