Braves’ Medlen excited about second start

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kris Medlen gets his second start of the spring on Saturday, and the sounds as if he might be able to run to Port St. Lucie, Fla., instead of taking the Braves bus for the game against the Mets.

“I’m just ready to go,” said Medlen, who will start the split-squad road game while Brandon Beachy starts for the Braves at home Saturday against Toronto.

“I’m ready to get stretched out, or maybe not get stretched out – I’m just excited about pitching,” Medlen said. “I don’t care what I’m doing.”

He’s penciled in for the bullpen, but the Braves are using him for multiple innings at a time this spring to get him stretched out as a starter in case he’s needed in that role.

Medlen allowed three hits and one run in two innings in a start against Washington in his March 6 spring debut, then worked two scoreless relief innings (two hits, no walks) against the Marlins on Tuesday.

That’s a lot of down time between games for the energetic right-hander.

“Just try to make the most of the opportunity, keep throwing strikes and doing what I do,” said Medlen, who prefers starting but just wants to pitch. He missed most of 2010 recovering from ligament-transplant elbow surgery.

“I would assume I’d go three [innings on Saturday] since I’ve gone two the first couple of times out,” he said. “But it’s really up to them, what they want to stretch me out to.”

He found out Friday that he’d be starting Saturday, but that was fine by Medlen.

“You could tell me that day that I’m starting,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care.”

Medlen will be followed in relief by lefty prospect Sean Gilmartin, who struck out three in two scoreless innings Sunday against Toronto in his second spring game and first start.

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Medlen for #5 Starter

March 16th, 2012
6:33 pm

First. Welcome back Kris.

Medlen for #5 Starter

March 16th, 2012
6:34 pm

Pitching better than either Teheran or Delgado.


March 16th, 2012
6:39 pm

Hanson’s motion looks like it used to from what im seeing or have I missed something


March 16th, 2012
7:10 pm

Kris’s attitude is the best and his enthusiasm is contagious.


March 16th, 2012
7:12 pm

If everyone had his approach and attitude, we ‘d be terrific!

FG is a damn idiot…


March 16th, 2012
7:17 pm

You do not Freddie?


March 16th, 2012
7:52 pm

Sutton is a keeper ..


March 16th, 2012
7:54 pm

A keeper for what? Maybe taking out the trash.


March 16th, 2012
8:12 pm

Sutton hit .315 for the Red Sox last year and after 2 ABs tonight he is hitting .444 for us this spring. He can play every position except CF and C. I think he has earned a close look as a backup for us.


March 16th, 2012
8:15 pm

Backup to water boy?

GOP Cannon

March 16th, 2012
8:47 pm

I am really glad that we have Medlen back for 2012. The guy has a great attitude and can fill a variety of roles: Starter, long relief, 6th-7th inning setup, ect.

Welcome back Kris!


March 16th, 2012
9:14 pm

I thought Hanson’s motion looked a little more orthadox, pause is still there but much shorter than before, they said they are working to eliminate that. I think he is going to be ok.

coach joe

March 16th, 2012
10:51 pm

medlen will work in to the starting rotation.. kid is a gamer..


March 17th, 2012
1:17 pm

15 starts wih 14 wins when Medlen was staring. Why is no one talking seriously about the flat billed kid as the number 5 starter. Put Minor or Delgado in the pen.


March 17th, 2012
1:19 pm

Enter your comments here


March 17th, 2012
5:10 pm

This is what is mind numbing about this group, if you go back to before Medlen got hurt you’ll see that he won some 80 percent of the games he started.


March 17th, 2012
5:22 pm

Randall, Are you saying they should start him? If so I agree, but they feel he will be more valuable out of the pen.


March 19th, 2012
9:25 am

Braves will leave camp with 12 pitchers on their ML roster — 4 “starters” and 8 “bullpen”.

Starters = Jurrjens, Hanson, Beachy and Minor. Both Delgado and Teheran will start the season in Gwinnett.

Bullpen = Kimbrel, Venters, O’Flaherty, Martinez, Gearrin, Ascencio, Fish and Medlen. Ascencio will not have to pass through waivers, and Fish will not be returned to the Angels.

Medlen will fill in as the fifth starter on the rare occasions that a 5th starter is needed in April.

When Hudson returns, we’ll see who goes down at that time.

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